“Teddy Bears have more federal manufacturing regulations than real guns do.”According to the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) website.
Wednesday brought bad news for gun control proponents like ICHV when Chicago City Council voted to end its gun registry in place since 1968, in order to adhere to a recent court ruling that that overturned a ban on concealed weapons in Illinois.
In a city where more than 500 people were murdered last year – the highest since 2008 – the decision seems rather stupid - for lack of a more appropriate term.
Considered a victory for ICHV rival, the National Rifle Association (NRA), many reports about the news fail to mention that Chicago still has some of the strictest gun control laws and Illinois, Obama’s home state, was the last state to remove the ban on canceled weapons in July.
Gun control has been a hot topic since the country witnessed shocking incidents – all in the past year - like the Sandy Hook shootings that killed 20 children in Newton, Connecticut, as well as the Aurora shooting in Colorado that took the lives of 12 people.
One would think that law makers would revisit gun regulations after this glaring evidence that something is amiss across the country. Instead, Congress failed to enact a law, backed by President Barack Obama that would have strengthened background checks for gun purchases.
Those groups looking to end gun violence in America through stricter laws are expected to find some relief that Chicago’s city council on the same day approved restrictions on people carrying concealed weapons in places that sell booze.
On a personal note, I must resist the urge to respond to the latter regulation with “Duh!?” Alcohol and guns should be considered mutually exclusive and public representatives should not give themselves a pat on the back for this one.
Having said that, the city council approved the state ruling reluctantly and Chicago’s liberal anti-gun Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, expressed his displeasure with the “concealed carry” state law in a news conference on Wednesday.
"I happen to think the court's wrong. I think their interpretation is wrong."