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Top Chicago Cop Says You’re Corrupt

by Robert W. Hunnicutt   |  February 19th, 2013 4

“Chicago ain’t ready for reform,” Ald. Paddy Bauler

If there’s one place in America that knows corruption, it’s Chicago. Platoons of local pols have spent time in prison, generally after being busted by federal prosecutors. The state and local prosecutors and judges are part of the political machine and disinclined to pursue anyone associated with the ruling Democrats. The latest Chicago official to run afoul of the law is former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., who is looking at five years in prison.

So it was pretty galling for Illinois gunowners to hear Chicago’s chief of police, currently struggling with little success against a record murder wave, say they were “corrupt” for making their voices heard in the state capitol. Garry McCarthy, appearing on a radio call-in show said the following:

“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,” said McCarthy.
In response to the question, are gun rights groups somehow corrupting public safety, McCarthy had this to say, “Well, how is it that they’re controlling politicians. How are they controlling elected officials? It’s not by popular vote.”
Since the “popular vote” counts for about exactly as much in Chicago as it does in Pyongyang, it’s pretty funny to hear a police chief say that it should govern constitutional rights.

Gun rights supporters pounced. “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 Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Assn. “What on earth would possess McCarthy to assert that constitutional rights should be meted out based on public opinion polls?”

Well, constitutional rights are nice, but McCarthy’s immediate problem is that his boss, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, wants to run for President in 2016, and that gets a lot more complicated when you are presiding over a murder outbreak. Emanuel is finding that his predecessor, Richard M. Daley, left him quite a few stink bombs, including huge budget deficits, a dysfunctional school system and a bloated bureaucracy. But the hidden stink bomb was the demolition of notorious high-rise housing projects like Cabrini-Green and the Robert Taylor Homes.

While there’s no doubt those hellholes, the legacy of a previous Daley, Richard J., needed to come down, blowing them up disrupted gang territories and relationships built up over decades and ensured a period of warfare while criminals sorted things out.

As Kevin D. Williamson  pointed out in a recent National Review Online article, the temptation to level the projects was driven by the desire to put the newly valuable real estate on which they sat to more profitable use, increasing city tax revenue. Not much thought, apparently, was given to where the residents and the criminals who preyed on them would go.

They were dispersed throughout the city, setting off hundreds of turf battles that would be settled with gunfire, regardless of the city’s gun-control laws.

It’s a whole lot easier to blame downstate gun owners for crime than to put it on one Daley who warehoused poor blacks in squalid, crime-infested towers and a second Daley who blew up those towers and cast their inhabitants to the four winds to favor downtown real estate developers.

Corruption has persisted in Chicago for more than a century, and will continue so long as it remains a one-party town. Back in the 1920s, the Chicago Tribune said this about Mayor William Hale “Big Bill” Thompson:

For Chicago Thompson has meant filth, corruption, obscenity, idiocy and bankruptcy…. He has given the city an international reputation for moronic buffoonery, barbaric crime, triumphant hoodlumism, unchecked graft, and a dejected citizenship. He nearly ruined the property and completely destroyed the pride of the city. He made Chicago a byword for the collapse of American civilization.”

Thompson’s successors have not done much better, so their lapdogs should spare Illinois gun owners the lectures on corruption.

  • brad

    another fine example of a man who should not be wearing a badge…the paycheck is more inportant than his oath….he swore to uphold the constitution and protect our civil rights…..what a hypocrite

  • Mikk

    Well, he does have a point. As much good as the NRA does, they are doing it by the means he is suggesting: Money. The NRA can be classified as a special interest group who influences votes and politicians with money.
    Now I am not saying they are wrong, they are actually pretty smart, using the current system against them.

  • ivan salis

    the man took a oath of opffice to "uphold" the constatution * that includes the amendments like the 'right to keep and bear arms" * for him to come out and say that legal law abiding citizens rights to own guns –is a threa to public safety means hes a wannabe thug type dictator and needs to be removed from office.

  • Jon

    @Mikk – Politics never sleeps. We're all members of some kind of special interest group and there's nothing wrong with it. It's a fact of life that if you don't play politics, politics will play you. At the end of the day, the guy with the loudest voice or the biggest wallet usually wins.

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