Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Top Chicago cop blames gun lobbyists and Sarah Palin for gun violence.

Courtesy of Fox News (Yep you read that right, Fox News.):

Facing a surging homicide rate and several headline-grabbing murders, Chicago’s top cop is taking aim at lobbyists who he says prevent politicians from implementing more gun control measures. 

Appearing on a local Windy City Sunday morning talk show on the radio station WLSAM, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said special interests that lobby politicians to influence their opinion on gun control are the real problem. 

“If there was a special interest influencing police work, I believe that would be called corruption,” McCarthy said. “So, if it has to do with donating money, versus a popular vote, I think we have a bigger problem in this country and someone has to wake up to that.” 

McCarthy told FoxNews.com he never advocated “getting rid of the Second Amendment.” He said he was making the point that there is popular support for new gun control laws and that lobbyists are stopping elected officials from reflecting the will of the people. 

“How is it [special interests] are controlling politicians?” he said. “How are they controlling elected officials? It’s not by popular vote.” 

McCarthy in the past has blamed “government-sponsored racism” and Sarah Palin for Chicago’s gun violence. He has been outspoken in his opposition to handgun proliferation, telling a radio panel last month he equates fewer guns with improved public safety. 

“When people say concealed carry, I say Trayvon Martin,” McCarthy said, referring to the Florida teen who was shot and killed last February by a neighborhood watch volunteer, sparking controversy across the country. “I say Trayvon Martin because the answer to guns is not more guns, and just simply putting guns in people’s hands is going to lead to more tragedy.” 

McCarthy backs banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, requiring background checks for anyone who buys a gun, mandatory reporting of the sale, transfer, loss or theft of a gun and mandatory minimum prison sentences for people convicted of illegally possessing a gun. 

The guy's not wrong. In fact he is absolutely dead on in his assessment that fewer guns, and stricter gun laws, of COURSE lead to fewer gun deaths.

The gun lobby has certainly used their influence to pressure politicians into avoiding the creation of laws to curb gun violence in this country for decades, and have even threatened those that have taken up the cause of tightening gun control laws into dropping them for fear of losing tier House of Senate seats in the next election.

And politicians, most notably Sarah Palin, who romanticized the idea of owning guns, and made it seem as American as apple pie, are most definitely a large part of the problem.

In the case of Palin she has glamorized the idea of guns to the extent that it has made the idea of gun ownership almost seem like a badge of honor, and that only those who hate the Constitution would walk around unarmed.

Of course the big joke here is that, as has been shown over and over again, Palin is really not at all proficient or comfortable with guns, and is simply being used as a tool of the gun lobby to further their agenda.

But that's Sarah Palin for you, always a tool and never a very useful one either.


  1. Anonymous6:26 AM

    Bill Mayer had George Zimmerman's brother on his show Friday and simply said that if his brother didn't have a gun on him one of them would have just walked away with an ass woopin...true that!
    I live in Chicago and totally agree with Supt. McCarthy. These "children" all have guns and no value for human life whatsoever. My father was on the CPD for 35 years and guns were not as big as an issue as they are today. So something has got to change.


    1. I agree, Tina. It's still too easy to get a gun in Chicago. Supe McCarthy is 100% spot-on, and I'm sure Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart agrees with him (BTW - Tom he is the NICEST MAN).

      I'm in the far-western 'burbs; it's not hard to get a gun into Chicago, because you can still buy them OUTSIDE the city limits and bring them IN.

      Numerous guns shows take place in the greater Chicagoland area every month. They laugh at Chicago's gun laws; these dealers KNOW a lot of their customers come in from the City of Chicago to buy guns, and THEY. DON'T. CARE.

      They've sold their weapon, they've made their money.

      - KAO

    2. Maddies_Mom1:46 PM

      I have a mad crush on Sheriff Tom Dart!

  2. A dull tool is dangerous.

    1. Anonymous9:45 AM

      EVERYTHING IS DANGEROUS. Any fool or psychotic person can create a dangerous environment with anything. The complete absence of guns will not help the world be more peaceful. THAT is the stupidest thing ever thought up and anyone who'd believe it is lacking in history and common sense.

      Also, only assholes with agendas toss blame around.

    2. Anonymous10:10 AM

      I don't know, "anon 9:45", if Adam Lanza had been armed with feathers instead of guns, I think we wouldn't be mourning the lives of all those children and teachers. What do you think?

    3. Anonymous10:31 AM

      9:45 AM At least you can spell your title:ASSHOLE.

    4. Anonymous2:36 PM

      Anon @ 9:45

      YOU are an asshole with an agenda.

      If you don't realize the easy availability of guns in this country contributes to the high level of gun fatalities, then you're also an idiot.

      Japan has very strict gun laws and they had 11 gun related homicides in 2008. Do the math moron.

      I have more to fear from idiots such as yourself then the government busting down my door looking for firearms.

  3. Anonymous6:43 AM

    I keep seeing plans to disarm law abiding citizens, but have yet to see a plan to disarm criminals.

    Pray tell, if criminals can be disarmed by laws, why does Chicago have one of the very highest gun death rates with some of the most strict gun laws in the nation?

    1. Find another talking point than your asinine stand that there is no use in making laws because criminals will not abide by them. By that logic, why bother having any laws at all?

      You haven't seen any plan to disarm criminals? What on earth do you think is the point of background checks?

      Consider drunk driving. Yes, people still drink and drive. But overall, the many laws and restrictions over the years have changed public attitudes toward drunk driving and deaths have decreased greatly.

    2. WakeUpAmerica7:11 AM

      Disarm citizens? Hyperbole much? Moron.

    3. Those "most strict gun laws" (sic) end at the Chicago city limits. Bad guys and the ethics-challenged "a'murkinz" in the City of Chicago simply go outside city limits to buy their guns.

      Gun sellers know this, that is why Chicago is ringed with gun shows being scheduled at local arena's and convention centers most every month.

      Regarding drunk driving, no one ever suggested banning alcohol, OR conversely that more alcohol (like more guns?) would solve the drunk driving accident problem.

      - KAO

    4. Anonymous8:11 AM

      Hey, look, a great example of the Ecological Fallacy!

      Not to mention the fact that these are two completely different issues.

    5. Anonymous8:21 AM

      It's sad that you have to call them "law-abiding" citizens. That will change soon. We all know they are blood thirsty savages who are sub-humans. Why else would they need a gun? Guns are for cowards with micropenises or daddy issues.

    6. Anonymous8:23 AM

      Someone should disarm 6:43am. It is obviously mentally unstable and should not even have internet access let alone a mass murder weapon. "From my cold dead hands" it says? Okay let's make that happen.

    7. Anonymous10:29 AM

      6:43 AM Because Assholes like you gun nuts are selling guns to be transported into Illinois.
      Outsiders who sell guns only care about Profits. You could care less that there is no 'PAPER TRAIL' for the guns that you sell. You could do the rest of us citizens a favor by 'making a meal' out of one of your guns.

    8. Leland11:28 AM

      For Anonymous 8:21:

      People who make flat statements tend to be complete idiots. (Please note I said "tend".)

      So "everyone knows", huh? So everyone knows they are bloodthirsty savages? So guns are for cowards with micro-penises, huh?

      I want to be there when you say that to Gabby Giffords!


  4. Anonymous6:49 AM

    Sarah Palin uses guns to "glamorize" herself and make herself look like a tough, outdoors person when she is not. She showed us on her reality show that she doesn't know how to handle a gun or how to shoot a gun. (Daddy, does it kick?) For Sarah, the gun or rifle is just another prop, like Trig.

    She is not the cause of gun violence, but she contributes to it with her wild, irresponsible talk. I eat, therefore I hunt. That would give people in urban areas the excuse to use guns in a holdup because they need the money to buy dinner, too. Sarah's outspoken hatred of President Obama just stirs the fires of hatred in others, and she appeals to the lowest common denominator in American politics.

    1. Anonymous8:50 AM

      Has any other politician EVER put crosshairs on the sight of a gun, to target opponents? We all saw how well THAT worked out. Then to expect people to believe that they were surveyors marks? She thinks we are as dumb as she obviously is.

  5. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Missouri Legislator Want To Make It A Felony To Propose Gun Control Legislation

    A Congressman in Missouri is taking a dramatic stand against gun control.

    A state representative has proposed a bill that would make it a class D felony for any member of the General Assembly to propose legislation "that further restricts an individual's right to bear arms."

    The bill was sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Leara.

    BuzzFeed's Rebecca Berg was the first to bring Missouri's proposed legislation to our attention.

    Missouri is the just latest in a growing line of states attempting to criminalize gun control.

    While Vice President Joe Biden was promoting the White House's plan for gun control in Virginia at the end of January, the state's House of Delegates approved a bill that would forbid state agencies and employees from helping the federal government enforcement new control measures in the state.

    And Wyoming, Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee have all announced plans as well to make it a crime for state employees to enforce federal gun control measures.


    1. Anonymous8:10 AM

      They're trying to do the same in Alaska.

  6. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Colorado House approves gun control bills


  7. Olivia7:00 AM

    And there is Sarah Palin again in that last photo with her second set of knuckles. Is it a congenital defect?

  8. Anonymous7:02 AM

    That's not even a real gun Sarah is holding in the army pic. It appears to be some sort of training weapon, the kind used in video arcade games. Not the electrical cord hanging down from the gun. When pointed at a screen and the trigger is pulled, a blip of light is sent which registers where you were aiming. Think "Duck Hunt" on the original Nintendos.

    1. Anonymous8:51 AM

      Too bad Cheney did not have one of these fake guns when he shot his friend in the face!!

  9. Anonymous7:02 AM

    Fox & Friends Rips ‘Orwellian’ Bill That Would Allow Police To Search Homes Of Assault Rifles


    Fox NOISE is Orwellian, through and through.

    1. Leland7:14 AM

      WHAT bill? WHERE? And WHO is proposing it?

      Please give links to this so-called bill. Does it even exist or is it just a ploy by Faux News to get people even more upset? (And I would NOT put it past them to do it, either.)

      Simply giving a link to the complaint by Faux News is useless without the bill itself.

      Or are you also trying to piss people off.

    2. Anonymous2:18 PM

      Well, Leland, if you'd just READ THE ARTICLE you would have found a link to another article that listed a link to the bill, but obviously you didn't take the time to do YOUR homework and THAT should piss EVERYONE off when you go off with your half assed rant. Next time, instead of being a dick, do you goddamn research. I'm not here to do it for you.

  10. Anonymous7:03 AM

    Colorado State House Approves Universal Background Checks

    The Colorado state House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill requiring rackground checks on all gun sales, the Denver Post reported.

    On a 36-29 vote, the Democratic-led House passed the universal background checks bill, the second of four gun bills that will be brought to a vote in the chamber Monday. Only one Democrat voted against the bill.

    Earlier in the day, the House passed a measure limiting the capacity of gun magazines to 15 rounds on a tighter 34-31 vote, with three Democrats opposed.


  11. Anonymous7:06 AM

    Adam Lanza's Interest In Deadly Norway Attack May Have Sparked Sandy Hook Massacre


    1. And of course the Norway shooter, Andre Brevik, followed the rants of Dutch crazy (and I mean, CRAZY-CRAZY-CRAZY) Geert Wilders.

      Guess who else really, really likes and endorses the very special kind of crazy that is Geert Wilders?

      Pamela Geller and SARAH PALIN.


      That's one big fucking Oops, Sarah!!

      - KAO

    2. Anonymous9:43 AM

      KAO, how does that site prove Sarah has anything to do with him? You're reaching, as usual. I suggest you, for once, control your immature emotions and learn something.

    3. Anonymous11:56 AM

      I find that Sarah Palin blog that the .jpg links to very interesting. It isn't written by Palin, but it isn't obvious to the casual reader that it is not written by Palin. It hasn't been updated since August, so the casual observer would be led to believe that Sarah Palin has a blog and hasn't bothered to update it since August. I'm rather surprised that her legal team hasn't shut down the "Sarah Palin Blog" . The blog owner must have had to pay for the rights to use Palin's name given her Trademark. That couldn't have been cheap. Wonder why this devoted fan abandoned the blog 6 months ago? Did they simply lose hope and lose faith in Palin?

    4. Anonymous12:34 PM


      Krusty, how go you manage to type your nonsense 24/7 with your face buried between the withered, wrinkly ass cheeks of your Queen Quitter?

    5. Anonymous1:27 PM

      Gawd and maybe even Tawd have no clue as to how many fake fan sites Lou Sarah and her other SarahPac "postage"-paid people have created.

  12. Olivia7:10 AM

    Anonymous@ 6:43 am

    "Forty three percent of the guns seized by law enforcement in Chicago were originally purchased in other parts of Illinois. And even if the state had stricter gun laws, Illinois is not an island either. The remaining fifty seven percent of Chicago guns all came from out of state, most significantly from nearby Indiana and distant Mississippi — neither of which are known for their strict gun laws."

  13. Janice7:17 AM

    Great article. Just because someone asked Sarah to speak at CPAC, does not mean the others speaking want her there. It does not mean the Republicans want her back. She is not getting paid, no one is to speak here, and she is not a key note speaker. Media is printing like she is welcome back in the Republican Party. No way.....

    1. jcinco8:11 AM

      Someone commented on the other thread that if you would like to speak at cpac you contact them...they didn't ask her, she asked them.

    2. Anonymous10:01 AM

      That's exactly what I thought...she asked them to speak. How else is a shank going to get some media attention she craves? She is desperately trying to stay relevant and in the public eye....the bitch.

    3. Anonymous11:58 AM

      CPAC is the annual convention of the American Idiocracy and Palin is their Queen. It's very natural that she would be invited.

  14. Anonymous7:34 AM

    What the hell, this cop only has decades of experience in law enforcement, he obviously can't match $arah Paylin or Ted PedoNugent for bein' rill Mericans, and knowin all about guns!

    1. Anonymous12:01 PM

      Palin knows all about Law Enforcement. Just look at her record: She fired the Chief of Police in Wasilla, she stalked a State Trooper and fired the Head of the Troopers.

  15. Anonymous7:48 AM

    Biden To Host Facebook Town Hall On Gun Violence


  16. Anonymous7:56 AM

    Every time I see Gabby Giffords, I think of Sarah Palin with a gun. Every time I see Sarah Palin with a gun, I think of Christina Green.

  17. Anonymous8:05 AM

    Do Guns Make Us Safer?


    1. Anonymous9:40 AM

      Nope and the obliteration of guns won't either.

    2. Anonymous1:29 PM

      no one is talking about 'obliterating' all guns. Get a grip on reality and let go of the grip of that Bushmaster.

  18. Anonymous8:12 AM

    Sarah Palin is a bottom feeder of the lowest order.

  19. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Yeah that Palin is a good tool alright. A plunger to clear out a backed up shitty toilet. Have you seen the big fucking head on that Bitch?

  20. Sarah Palin is now a WORD in the Urban Dictionary. Fits her rather nicely.

    1. Anonymous12:05 PM

      Just gotta love this line from the definition:

      "in response to being ridiculed for inventing the word "refudiate," proudly mistaking her illiteracy for literary genius"

      What's even more hilarious is the fact that a fan of hers, one that sound suspiciously like the Palin's favorite stalker, Kristy, has issued a rebuttal definition!

  21. Anonymous9:21 AM

    Eventually everybody associated with Sarah Palin turns on Sarah. That's just the way it goes.

  22. Anonymous9:33 AM

    Sarah wears shirts with Girls with Guns and once made a statement about that woman who shot and killed an intruder, saying (paraphrasing) that she (Sarah) was all for girls defending themselves with guns. She has her birthday gift (pink gun) celebrated on Bristol's reality show. Sarah's image is all about her love of guns and all things guns.

    Of course she glorifies guns. She doesn't think how they can destroy lives for a lifetime. All she cares about is how they make her look sexy and tough.

  23. Anonymous9:36 AM

    Sarah is so unmanageable, she's not even a useful idiot.

  24. Anonymous9:46 AM

    Want to bet that Sarah wears one of her "Gun" t-shirts when she gives her "speech."

    1. PalinsHoax2:55 PM

      Well, I'd say for sure that Ol' $carah will be hoisting the Belmont Girls upon her feeble, dehydrated, scrawny chest.

  25. Anonymous10:30 AM

    A bill in the Alaska House that would criminalize federal gun regulation is on track to be scheduled for a vote.

    HB69, by House Speaker Mike Chenault, was moved from the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.

    The bill would make it a felony offense for federal officers to attempt to enforce any new federal laws that attempt to limit gun ownership in Alaska.

    The bill has garnered broad support among House Republicans and become a symbol in the fight against federal overreach. But a legislative attorney has said he believes much of the bill is unconstitutional.


  26. Anonymous12:08 PM

    "Please come to my house and take my guns!!!" he taunted the government, when he gleefully sent us the string of pictures below.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-saiga-12-shotgun-2013-2#ixzz2LNiO7ulh

  27. Anonymous12:46 PM

    Another day in the (gun crazy) U.S.A.

    DeKalb County, Ga. -- A woman in her 20s was found fatally shot, with her child nearby, in a driveway outside a house. Neighbors said they heard a single gunshot late Monday night. The child has been given to relatives.

    Tustin, Calif. -- After allegedly shooting and killing one person, a man allegedly crashed his vehicle about 5:30 a.m. today and began a string of carjackings spread across several communities that ended with three more people shot dead, including the victim who turned a gun on himself. Two people were wounded. No report on their injuries.

    Baltimore, Md. -- Police found two men, ages 26 and 27, and a 27-year-old woman suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a grocery store just before midnight last night. The 27-year-old man later died at a hospital. No word on the condition of the wounded victims. Police believe the three were standing at a bus stop when the shots were fired.

    Chicago, Ill. -- Police found a 24-year-old man on a sidewalk fatally shot after a gunman approached him and opened fire around 5 p.m. yesterday. The victim was hit several times.

    Mattpan, Mass. -- Someone was shot multiple times and killed yesterday. Police have a suspect in custody and are looking for three others.

    Dallas, Tex. -- A homeowner, described as elderly, fatally shot an 33-year-old intruder who was climbing through his window yesterday afternoon.

    Dallas, Tex. -- During an apparent robbery, a 35-year-old man was fatally shot in a parking lot across the street from a nightclub about 1:20 a.m. today.

    Camden, N.J. -- A 28-year-old man was found fatally shot on a street corner about 9 a.m. yesterday.

    Houston, Tex. -- About 9:30 p.m. yesterday, two men pulled out guns and fired shots at each other during an argument at an apartment complex and one of the men was struck and killed. The other man fled the scene in a vehicle.

    Hendersonville, Tenn. -- A 26-year-old woman shot by her husband last Wednesday as reported here on February 14 has died today from her injuries. Her 29-year-old husband has been charged with first-degree murder.

    Orlando, Fla. -- A 17-year-old male and 24-year-old female were shot dead and a 22-year-old man was wounded as they walked to an apartment complex about 1:47 a.m. today. The wounded man’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

    Fairview, Alaska -- A 26-year-old man was found fatally shot about 1:20 a.m. yesterday. A resident of a nearby apartment said he heard gunshots and looked out a window to see three people running around the corner of the building.

  28. Anonymous12:47 PM

    Decatur, Ohio -- A 9-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the head with a handgun yesterday afternoon. The child was playing with the gun after getting it in his father’s bedroom and it discharged when a younger sister tried to take it away from him. The boy was listed in critical condition after a four-hour surgery.

    Durham, S.C. -- A state trooper was shot four times by the driver of a vehicle he pulled over for not wearing seatbelt about 6 p.m. yesterday. The trooper was struck in the face, shoulder, and both hands. He was reported in fair and stable condition after surgery. The shooter fled but police now have a suspect in custody.

    Charlotte, N.C. -- A person sitting in a car was shot yesterday. No other details were available.

    Milwaukee, Wis. -- Two male store-employees, ages 41 and 22, were shot during a robbery about 7:15 p.m. yesterday. Two men fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.

    Pelham, Ala. -- A person was shot in the abdomen and the leg while on a street about 1:30 p.m. yesterday. Police are questioning someone in connection with the shooting. No report on the victim’s condition.

    Tucson, Ariz. -- About 11:40 p.m. yesterday, a man inside an apartment accidentally fired a gun and the bullet went through a wall and struck a woman in an neighboring apartment. Her injuries were considered non life-threatening.

    Chicago, Il. -- A man thought to be in his mid-30s was shot in the thigh while on a street around 10:45 a.m. yesterday. He was reported in good condition at a local hospital.

    Chicago, Il. -- A 20-year-old man was shot in the face while on a street around 11:30 a.m. yesterday. He was listed in serious condition.

    New Orleans, La. -- A 17-year-old female was shot and wounded on a street about 8 p.m. yesterday. She was hit multiple times. Police are looking for a woman as a person of interest in connection with the shooting. No report on the victim’s condition.

    Bridgeport, Conn. -- The owner of a store was shot today, apparently during an attempted robbery. He was expected to survive.

    Chicago, Ill. -- A 15-year-old boy tried to bring an unloaded 25 caliber semi-automatic handgun to his high school yesterday morning. The weapon, which was in his book-bag, was found after he was asked to put the book-bag into an X-ray machine. The student was arrested and charged as an adult with unlawful use of a weapon in a school zone.

    St. Petersburg, Fla. -- An 18-year-old woman was injured about 9 p.m. yesterday when a bullet exploded inside her kitchen oven while she was preheating the appliance to make a snack. Police later determined that, unknown to the woman, a 25-year-old friend had put a magazine clip to his .46-caliber Glock handgun in the oven. Police had not yet learned why the clip was put in the oven. The gun was in a drawer. The woman was treated for superficial injuries at a local hospital.

    Virginia Beach, Va. -- To show support for firearm rights, a pizza-shop owner now offers a 15 percent discount to anyone bringing along a gun or concealed handgun permit. Since the discount began, 80 percent of his customers have carried guns into the store; including one who brought in an AK-47.

    Today’s sources: Akron Beacon Journal, Anchorage Daily News, Associated Press, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Birmingham News, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Hartford Courant, Herald-Sun, Houston Chronicle, KABC-TV Los Angeles, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Nashville Tennessean, Orlando Sentinel, Philadelphia Inquirer, Tampa Bay Times, Times-Picayune, WBAL-TV Baltimore, WHDH-TV Boston, WSOC-TV Charlotte


  29. Janice12:51 PM

    Now Fox has another story on their website. This one a little late, but the story of Sarah speaking at CPAC. The irony is that almost every comment is negative. She can't even get Fox viewers to like her.

  30. Anonymous1:29 PM

    Track has a nickname-Cain't Get Right

    What is the origin of Cain't Get Right and how does that apply to Track?


  31. Anonymous3:34 PM

    In what has become a chillingly familiar event across the country, school authorities in eastern Washington recently discovered a gun and a knife in the backpack of a student. But what stunned the small town of Colville was whom the backpack belonged to: a 10-year-old student at Fort Colville Elementary School.

    School authorities said two fifth-grade boys planned to use the weapons to lure another student outside the school and kill her "because she was really annoying."

    The boys last week confessed to plans to harm an additional six students at the school.



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