In one of the most "pie-in-the-sky" positions on a solution to Chicago's war-zone gang violence, one letter-writer to The Chicago Tribune professed that the solution to the problem is more "gun safety legislation." The only word that comes to mind is: Idiot.
The letter-writer, from the Progressive Mecca of Glenview - a near north suburb of Chicago, writes:
"It is no surprise that the gangs are employing assault rifles with armor-piercing bullets. They are readily available due to our failure to take the offensive and implement comprehensive background checks."
Of course, this completely ignores - or at the very least fails to comprehend - that most guns used in gang crimes are not "purchased" through legitimate channels where a background check would be effective. News flash to the lady in Glenview, criminals do not follow the law (thus their branding as criminals) and, therefore, laws do little to affect their activity. No amount of laws dedicated to "gun safety" (which is an incorrect term to apply to gun prohibition legislation), are going to prevent criminals from attaining weapons.
In fact, because Chicago has some of the strictest gun prohibition laws in the country - if not the world, there should never be the level of slaughter currently taking place...that is IF laws actually mattered to criminals.
Unhandcuffing law enforcement to do the hard work of policing in the mean streets of Chicago is the primary solution to the blood-letting. Engagement and education are two others. But more legislation? pleeeeeease!!