BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Anti-gun Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should shoulder some of the blame for his cityâ€™s on-going bloodbath because his policies are leaving citizens defenseless against the violent criminal element, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
Emanuel, former chief of staff for President Barack Obama â€“ who adopted Chicago as his home town â€“ has â€œperpetuated the draconian anti-gun policies of his predecessor even after the Supreme Court ruling in 2010 essentially nullified the cityâ€™s ban on handgun ownership.â€
â€œRahm Emanuel has some blood on his hands,â€ CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb observed. â€œHe and the city council have done everything possible to prevent law-abiding Chicago residents from exercising their restored Second Amendment rights in the two years since the Supreme Courtâ€™s landmark McDonald ruling. They have stalled, dodged and road-blocked efforts to bring sanity to the cityâ€™s restrictive gun regulations, all in an effort to discourage citizens from arming themselves against criminal violence.
â€œAnd what does the city have to show for it,â€ he mused. â€œSo far this year, all Chicago can offer as a measure of its gun policy effectiveness is a body count of more than 435 people, which is more than all of last year. It is despicable that the city under Mayor Emanuel continues to envelope honest citizens in bureaucratic red tape while it is clearly unable to curb the violence.
â€œIt is time for Emanuel and his council cronies to stand aside and let citizens have the tools to fight back,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œThe high court made it possible for Chicago residents to exercise their right to have a firearm for personal protection. The city under Emanuel has adopted an anti-gun strategy to deliberately thwart the courtâ€™s intentions.
â€œMayor Emanuel, like his former boss in the White House, doesnâ€™t have a plan that works,â€ he said. â€œSince he seems unwilling to follow the courtâ€™s wishes, and appears unable to lead his city out of despair, perhaps he should just get out of the way and give his citizens a level playing field against violent criminals.
â€œEmanuelâ€™s failed policies show that elections have consequences,â€ he concluded. â€œThatâ€™s something to consider as his former boss is looking at a second term, during which he might try to take these policies to a national level.â€