Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Gun Registry) employed a familiar tactic of his fellow freedom-haters recently by blaming gun crime in Chicago on an easy scapegoat: gun shows.
He also employed another familiar tactic of his fellow freedom-haters: not giving a poop about the facts.
According to Little Dick: “Forty percent of…crime guns” in “Chicaga” can be traced back to gun shows in nearby Indiana where a background check isn’t required to purchase a firearm.
While speaking at a luncheon for the City Club of Chicago, Durbin said: “No serious discussion of crime in Chicago or America can start with any other topic than guns.”
Actually, we could start that discussion by talking about the people who actually commit the crimes. But that might be too easy.
Durbin continued: “We cannot allow ourselves to be numbed or resigned when it comes to the deadly impact and easy access of firearms.”
A Lame Rebuttal
Little Dick anticipated the typical (and valid) rejoinder that Chicago has strict gun control so there is no “easy access” in that city, where violent crime is rampant. That’s why he added the bit about people bringing in guns from Indiana.
Unfortunately, Durbin’s desperate attempt to excuse the ineffectiveness of gun
control safety in the Windy City doesn’t work once you examine the facts.
According to a University of Chicago Crime Lab survey published in the Chicago Tribulation last year, inmates in the Cook County jail (27th and California, right there in Chicago) preferred to get their firearms on the streets through “personal connections.”
No gun shows for those criminals.
Also, the Chicago Police Department’s most recent report on guns found that only 19 percent of the guns used in crime could be traced back to Indiana.
Not 40 percent, just 19 percent.
Meanwhile, Durbin and his fellow Democrats want to make it even tougher for law-abiding citizens to use firearms to defend themselves against the kinds of violent jackasses who get their guns illegally on the street.
Little Dick isn’t looking out for the little guy.