If anybody in Chicago is culpable for the armed carnage on that city’s mean streets, it’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who never misses an opportunity to blame peaceable, law-abiding gun owners for the daily bloodletting by violent Chicago thugs.

Emanuel steadfastly refuses to demand application of tough federal laws that would surgically rid the streets of criminals who currently terrorize many Chicago neighborhoods. And that represents a kind of aggressive political malfeasance.

For Emanuel — a former U.S. congressman, former chief of staff in President Barack Obama’s White House and former Bill Clinton White House gun-ban guru — to intentionally blow off federal laws punishing illegally armed violent criminals is especially vile.

The reason is simple. If Chicago citizens knew the extent of existing harsh criminal sanctions and that those laws could readily be applied to prosecute real criminals, Emanuel’s endless call for new “gun control” would be seen for what it is: An evil campaign to disarm the innocent. And those federal laws apply equally in every corner of the nation.

That reality goes for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and for every other mayor signed on to his phony national political machine, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. It also goes for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama.

A January 2013 Chicago Tribune story headlined, “U.S. struggles over which gun crimes to prosecute,” reported, “Obama’s Justice Department has shown little appetite to prosecute what it considers low-level firearms crimes...officials with the department said.”

If “low-level” prosecutions of the most violent armed criminals in Chicago were the norm, that city — with thousands of shootings and armed robberies added to its growing number of murders — would see scores of the worst violent gang members and armed drug dealers sent to prison in sure, swift prosecutions. That’s true for every city in America.

But Chicago, with the most vicious armed criminals in the nation, ranks 89th out of 90 U.S. Attorney districts. That ranking comes from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which provides the gold-standard review of federal law enforcement performance.

Given thousands of violent crimes involving armed criminals, including record numbers of murders every year, Chicago has seen pathetically few federal gun-law prosecutions: 63 in fiscal year 2011.

How many of the 506 murders involving firearms in Chicago last year would never have happened had Obama’s Justice Department taken criminals off the streets?

A simple look at the law answers that question. Everything real violent criminals do to acquire a firearm is already a serious federal felony. Under federal law, lying to a licensed dealer, lying on the form 4473, and straw sales are all federal felonies that are almost never prosecuted. Holder’s Justice Department calls them “paper violations.” Yet those are the very crimes that they say demand a “universal background check” — a national registration scheme — for all of us.

So let me cite — from a federal public defender fact sheet — a few of the existing federal statutes dealing with armed criminals once they have their guns. I’ll give you the prison term first along with the citations in United States Code (U.S.C.).

• Ten years — 18 U.S.C. section 922(g) — for possession of a firearm or ammunition by a felon, fugitive, or drug user...And possession means touching a gun, any gun, handgun, rifle or shotgun. Any firearm that Dianne Feinstein would ban for us, is already an illegal gun for violent criminals.

• Ten years — 18 U.S.C. section 922(j) — for possession of a stolen firearm.

• Ten years — 18 U.S.C. section 922(i) — for shipment or transport of a stolen firearm across state lines.

• Ten years — 18 U.S.C. section 924(b) — for shipping, transporting or receipt of a firearm across state lines with intent to commit a felony.

• Five to 30 years consecutive mandatory minimum sentences — 18 U.S.C. section 924(a)(1)(A) — for carrying, using, or possessing a firearm in connection with a federal crime of violence or drug trafficking.

• The death penalty or up to life imprisonment — 18 U.S.C. section 924(j) — for committing murder while possessing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence or drug trafficking.

• Fifteen years mandatory minimum — 18 U.S.C. section 924(e) — for a “prohibited person” who has three prior convictions for drug offenses or violent felonies.

• Ten years — 18 U.S.C. section 924(g) — for interstate travel to acquire or transfer a firearm to commit crimes.

So if every possible aspect of acquisition, possession, transport and transfer of a firearm by a criminal demands harsh and swift punishment under existing law, what is it that Emanuel, Bloomberg and President Obama really want?

To criminalize —  then prosecute — everything that we do as law-abiding, peaceable citizens who own and use firearms.

Wayne LaPierre is executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.

(16) comments

Retired Captain

General rant, on....

Ah, yes...the vaunted NRA's very own Wayne 'Iscariot' La Pee Aire, championing the enforcement of 'gun-laws'.

The NRa is a quisling organization, supporting, facilitating and actually assisting in drafting gun-control since at least the 1920s.

The NRA, the 'Official Government Approved' Gun-Lobby, knowingly allowing itself to be used to slow-sell the acceptance of an abrogated Amendment II and the acceptance amongst the gun-owning populous of directly anti-constitutional gun control at the federal and state level.

Would that I had known decades ago what I know now. If so, I would never have become a life member.

I now opt for 'no-compromise' gun organizations, for lobbying and educational efforts, such as the GOA, SAF and the JPFO.

Rant off....

TN4994

Why should the gun laws be enforced? The Fed doesn't enforce the immigration laws unless it feels like it.

wes alderson

Tom? TN"

You ask why? Gee it just feels so tough to say "I am taking guns away from the innocient law-abiding ctizens."

Doesn't that have a nice ring to it? (Besides, if we say that, then BillyD and Mike Polleyo have nothing to get excited about.)

ChicagoGuy

Retired Captain: 100% right on NRA! In December 2012, the 7th circuit Federal Appellate Court in Illinois reversed the state's ban on carrying guns in public. NRA contract lobbyist for IL Todd Vandermyde supplies a bill to sponsor Rep. Brandon Phelps with Duty to Inform police you are armed. If the police say you didn't inform, they can charge with 6 months or 1 yr. in jail! In IL it's not a crime if police erase the video, and it's one persons word against the others.

IL has no death penalty now since Chicago policeman Jon Burge tortured suspects with electric shock and suffocation, then sent men to death row who did not do the crime. Burge is in federal prison after being prosecuted by the US Attorney, not the state. IL legislature had to pass a law to force police to video homicide interrogations.

But NRA lobbyist Vandermyde cuts a deal with the Chiefs of police to include Duty to Inform (DTI) in the NRA backed carry bill because the cops wanted it. The NRA benefits from passing a bad carry bill because it creates job security to "fix" it for the next ten years. Imagine being paid over $100k/yr. to betray the people you are supposed to represent, and having bosses like Chris Cox and Chuck Cunningham at NRA/ILA who don't watch what you're doing! With friends like these, who needs enemies? Hey Wayne, how much are you paying this guy? Oh, that's right, when you pass a bad bill with Duty to Inform, you have people from Chicago like Otis McDonald that you can use as plaintiffs and make money from the lawsuits.

But Vandermyde must have learned some great lobbying techniques from his former boss William Dugan with the Intl. Union of Operating Engineers local 150 in Countryside, IL before Dugan pled guilty to federal charges by the US Attorney in 2010. I'm sure he know what he's doing for the good of the NRA membership.

ppetersen55

Retired Captain and Chicago Guy: That's how we do it! If you can't attack the message, attack the messenger. Did you even read the article? Or did you simply see the by-line, feel your blood pressure go up, and start your rant? Your vitriol has nothing to do with the views expressed in the editorial.

Retired Captain

Oh brother.....Another one......

Yes, I read the article.

A point that generally escapes NRA-zombies, is that they call for 'federal' enforcement of 'federal' laws and have for may years.

I see the red-meat that Wayne 'Iscariot' La Pee Aire is throwing to the 'faithful' in this article, quite clearly.

Fact is, I could give two-craps what Wayne or his quisling organization have to say. When he sticks his gun-controlling head up, I whack it, in every venue and at every opportunity.

Perhaps someday people will wake up and realize that gun-control is unconstitutional and that the NRA has, since its inception, worked for acceptable gun-control.

Beyond that, the fed-gov, Chitgago-gov and the gov of the peoples republik of Illinois, well, the whole mess of them can go pound prodigious amounts of sand up their neither-regions.

That is all.

Bearly

I believe completely in the 2nd Amendment but the NRA doesn't.

wes alderson


Hee hee hee.[smile]

ChicagoGuy

pp: people in public positions like NRA contract lobbyist Vandermyde who betray the people they are supposed to represent are subject to scrutiny. IL has had no concealed carry for citizens for 60 years. The Federal appellate court dumps victory into their lap, and the NRA lobbyist places Duty to Inform w/criminal penalties of 6 months or 1 year in jail into Rep. Brandon Phelps "good" carry bill.

What's wrong with this picture? Who benefits? The NRA lobbyist benefits by creating job security for himself to "fix" the bad carry bill for the next ten years. The NRA lawyers benefit by using black people from Chicago like Otis McDonald for plaintiffs when they sue the city.

If you're playing games with the carnies at the county fair and you don't know who the rube is, it's you pal.


wes alderson

Agree with you, Captain. But it appears you are outranked by moth General Confusion and Major Disaster.

[beam]

RYAN M A

As an avid hunter and gun owning American, I have never been a fan of the NRA or for that matter any Lobbying organization. Don't believe in them, believe they and the congressmen/women they bribe should be locked away for a long time. Not to mention, as the Captain says, they only are there to serve themselves, hence the once voted "for" the assault weapons ban when Ron Reagan was president NRA, and now against the Assault weapons ban NRA. I can't stand people who don't live on principle, grounded in common sense, and flop like fish out of water.

I couldn't have said it better than captain. Someday, hopefully people will realize the gun control legislation has and always will be unconstitutional, so long as they don't amend that document.

Retired Captain

Wes, your quote..."Agree with you, Captain. But it appears you are outranked by moth General Confusion and Major Disaster."

Good one...

As a point of importance...I retired and am no longer bound by the 'Chain of Command', therefore, the 'Major' and the 'General' along with their confusion and disaster divisions, well, they can go suck eggs.

I am my own Commander, Tactician, Strategist, S2 and G2, now.

show lowian

Somewhere else these federal laws may apply and be enforced however they are of no importance in this state. Felons can do whatever they want with guns and include children in their criminal acts and it is of no concern..

TN4994

Captain - "Suck eggs" - ranks up there with "NUTS"
To anyone who doesn't comprehend, kindly refer to famous quotes of WW2.

Retired Captain

show lowian,

Anyone can do whatever they want with guns, or with any other tool, implement or with body alone.

The smelly-skunk in your typically regurgitated 'think of the chillins' and 'felons' woodpile, is that individuals are responsible for their own actions and if an individual commits a 'bad-act', then this is where the proper role of government, e.g. 'law', kicks in for that individual, specifically for what bad-act that he/she committed.

Prohibitions and/or restrictions on objects, substances, categories of people etc...or, rather, 'prior restraint', is anathema to the principles of Liberty and of this Republic.

Garson Poole

TN, yes, the Captain does tend to use some of the same expressions as General McAulfoff and Patton. How about we promote him?

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