.Chicago police chief: Law-abiding gun owners corrupt, endanger public safety
February 17, 2013
During Sunday's pre-recorded edition of "Connected to Chicago," Police Superintendentsaid law-abiding gun owners who lobby elected officials through organizations like the NRA and the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) are corrupt and endanger public safety.
"If there was special interests affecting police work, I believe that would be called corruption. So, if it has do with donating money versus a popular vote, I think we have a bigger problem in this country and somebody's gotta wake up to that," he said.
"Well, how is it that they're controlling politicians. How are they controlling elected officials? It's not by popular vote," he said when asked how gun rights groups are corrupting public safety.
McCarthy also said that judges and legislators should rely on public opinion polls when interpreting the Constitution.
The ISRA noted in a press release that McCarthy believes thelimits citizens to owning smooth-bore muskets, and supports mandatory liability insurance for firearm owners and mandatory application of GPS tracking devices to civilian owned firearms.
The Second Amendment simply says:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
"Garry McCarthy 's understanding of our Constitution barely qualifies him as a meter maid, never mind the chief of the nation's third largest police department," said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "What on earth would possess McCarthy to assert that constitutional rights should be meted out based on public opinion polls? Let's not forget that public opinion polls once opposed a woman's right to vote while it would be a safe bet that, at one time, polls would have shown lynching as an acceptable form of justice. It has been said that our Constitution exists to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. McCarthy's view of our Constitution is dangerous and unbecoming of a civil servant."
Doug Ross reminded readers that McCarthy once said he would train his officers to shoot licensed civilians with guns and was found “guilty” in March 2006 over a traffic altercation he had with two New Jersey police officers.
According to a post at Newark Speaks, McCarthy reportedly shot out street lights with two other cops, one of whom was his brother, a New York State Trooper. The report said he was allegedly drunk at the time.
Ross noted that, despite having "perhaps the strictest laws in the U.S.," is the "murder capital" of the country, with over 500 homicides in 2013.
The ISNA said that gun rights groups will continue to lobby for the Second Amendment, whether McCarthy likes it or not.
"If Garry McCarthy doesn't like that, well that's just too bad. If McCarthy is so interested in influence peddling, he should pop into some of the gin mills ringing the Illinois Capitol and count the ruddy red noses of taxpayer-funded lobbyists for the City of Chicago," Pearson added.