WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014 — Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, would like to significantly tighten up security at gun stores and make one minor adjustment to the purchasing process.
Despite the fact that criminals rarely, if ever, walk into gun stores to purchase weapons or adhere to the law when it comes to buying firearms, Rahm Emanuel wants to videotape every single gun store purchase.
Aside from President Obama and the NSA hacking into your phones and watching you dance around your room to Justin Beiber, there are few things in the world of civil liberties as audacious and Orwellian as this. The same man who hails from the party leading the charge against the very idea of requiring an ID to vote is the same man leading the charge to make sure each and every gun sale in Chicago is done so on camera.
Let’s put the ridiculousness of this particular endeavor aside for a moment and discuss the politics behind it.
Rahm Emanuel is steeped in the Democratic underworld. He is the embodiment of their politics, and he sits on the throne of the center of their Progressive war machine on Lake Michigan. Chicago style politics of intimidation, subversion, and derision have plagued this country long before Barack Obama stepped foot into the Oval Office, and Rahm Emanuel is one of its ablest practitioners. He was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he was the Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and former representative to Illinois’ fifth district. Before serving as mayor of Chicago, he served as Barack Obama’s first White House chief of staff.
So the guy pretty much bleeds blue, if Chicago political machines could actually bleed or were really alive. That remains to be seen.
Emanuel is steeped in progressive ideology and he knows how to play the game.
And one other thing: He is up for reelection.
A poll conducted by the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this month revealed that if the election were to take place today, Emanuel would only get about 29 percent of the vote. The mayor of Progressive-ville is not looking too hot; he does not sit comfortably upon the throne.
So what does he do in order to show his Democratic constituency that he means business, and that he is the man for the job?
He bashes guns, like any good modern day Democrat would do. And he does it with the brass tacks of a man who wants to make a statement, and who knows that statement may be the only thing to save him.
The Chicago mayor proposed this little doozy as a measure that may be a requirement for gun stores to be allowed into the city after a federal judge swatted down the city’s ban on retail firearm establishments. Up until recently, Illinois was the last state in the Union that did not allow for some sort of concealed carry in their state. That matter was decided by state legislature before it could be decided in court. Before that the landmark McDonald v. Chicago case in 2010 cemented the protection of the Second Amendment as it applies to the states through the 14th Amendment. Since then Illinois, and Chicago in particular, has seen a number of changes to their firearms regulations, and they have had to develop and adopt certain rules and procedures to comply with state and federal decisions.
Illinois already has strict firearms identification card (FOID) requirements. If you don’t renew your license, your guns essentially become illegal and you become Jesse James overnight, expect the government to act accordingly.
But what Rahm Emanuel wants to do in his city is downright ridiculous, and needless. Apologies for the lack of subtlety to the phrasing, but it is ridiculous and needless. The battle cry of the left when it comes to drug testing for welfare, and voter ID cards is that it treats people like criminals before they have even committed a crime, and the same party that believes it is a crime to treat illegal aliens like criminals for asking for proof of citizenship is the same party calling to treat everyday gun owners like criminals.
It makes no sense.
The long and short of it is even if this particular measure passes as a requirement to open up shop in Chicago it will be immediately challenged in court. And since it is basically tantamount to creating a permanent record in all eventuality it will probably be thrown out as unconstitutional.
But what it represents is something far more dangerous to your rights as an American.
Rahm Emanuel, who is drowning in disapproval ratings, seeks to capitalize on the most recent national tragedy and exploit his city’s violent crime and the nations gun phobia to further restrict and dissuade potential gun owners. The FOID cards, the registration, and the finger prints all serve to dissuade gun owners from purchasing firearms, and do nothing to deter the criminals who don’t use that process to acquire guns to begin with. Chicago is the perfect example of how a city where the government wields extreme power over their citizens, and does not trust them with their own safety, and has actually further endangered them and endeared them to the government.
After all that is exactly what strict gun control is all about. It is about pandering to the Democratic base to drum up support in times of low polling numbers, and it is about the government maintaining the monopoly of force. Do you think a gang member is going to go into a store and fill out a 4473? What good will video do? It will simply be a newly minted gun owner waving at the camera as he picks up his brand new piece. The intent of the video is to do nothing but dissuade. That is how these kind of regulations work, Rahm Emanuel is simply making it more difficult, and less desirable for law abiding Americans to purchase guns for their own self-defense in one of the most dangerous cities in the country.
If he believes every gun owner is a potential criminal, and that will be solved by placing video cameras at the scene of the sale, perhaps he would not mind a video camera in his office.
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