To the Editor:
The Supreme Court held in McDonald v. Chicago that the 14th Amendment’s due process clause incorporates the Second Amendment against state and local governments, thus striking down Chicago’s handgun ban.
But the mayor is determined to find a way around the ruling and deny the citizens of Chicago their Second Amendment protections all in the name of protecting Chicago residents from gun violence.
This is absurd on its face. Despite Chicago’s handgun ban, gun violence has never been higher. There have been weeks when Baghdad had fewer deaths due to violence. Indeed, a recent press conference by Chicago’s chief of police, Jody Weis, was interrupted by a gang shoot-out less than a block away.
So, if Chicago has the most stringent handgun law in the nation, why is gun violence so high?
The mayor should stop and think about that question. It certainly isn’t because law-abiding citizens have the guns.
Lake in the Hills