In December 2012, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the ban on concealed firearm carry permits in Illinois. The state was given 6 months to make the change. In 2012, 1.5 persons were shot down every day in the city of Chicago. You might think a sensible avenue to private citizens protecting themselves would be to legally carry your own weapon, but will you think twice with your own police superintendent saying he will train his officers to shoot you? Apparently the good guy with the gun is causing some “apprehension.” Nevertheless, concealed carry will be legal in Chicago by summertime.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, responding to a recent Federal appeals court ruling striking down Illinois’ ban on concealed carry, predicted legal gun owners would be shot by Chicago police officers. As the city’s cops are already shooting dogs for no apparent reason, I guess the leap to lawful gun owners isn’t such a stretch.
During an interview with WVON radio, McCarthy said:
You put more guns on the street expect more shootings. I don’t care if they’re licensed legal firearms, people who are not highly trained… putting guns in their hands is a recipe for disaster. So I’ll train our officers that there is a concealed carry law, but when somebody turns with a firearm in their hand the officer does not have an obligation to wait to get shot to return fire and we’re going to have tragedies as a result of that. I’m telling you right up front.
As NewsInBlack.com reported, McCarthy would not say what specific training officers will undertake, if any. However, he did admit that in the past his department has made mistakes in shooting unarmed civilians. He believes the concealed carry law will increase those types of unfortunate incidents.
How quickly will we see a private citizen, exercising his/her Second amendment rights, saving the life of a police officer, or a citizen…a child? It happens around the country from time to time, and I bet it will happen in Chicago too, if the good guy is shot down like a dog by police first. Yes, anyone with a gun is a threat to the safety of police, but we have concealed carry laws in many cities and towns, and seldom do we hear of abuse. Give us some credit, please. Read the whole story here.