Sunday, June 07, 2009

Chicago Tribune Considers Reality

While individuals can have various opinions on the topic of gun control, "independent" or "neutral" journalists should (theoretically) keep an open mind.

Over the years I have pilloried the Chicago Tribune not for being pro-gun control but for NOT EVEN MENTIONING THE LACK OF GUN RIGHTS WHEN DISCUSSING MURDERS. For example, if a woman is gunned down by an ex spouse who violates a protection order, it is never discussed that she doesn't even have the right to defend herself which may have contributed to her death. Given that Chicago leads the nation in murders on a total basis (even though we are far behind NYC and Los Angeles in population), this is not an irrelevant criteria.

In a recent article by John Kass, one of their columnists, discussing a police officer who was killed in the line of duty
Just two weeks before young Chicago Police Officer Alex Valadez was shot down on the edge of a vacant South Side lot, his alleged killer, Shawn Gaston, was in court, accused of another probation violation on a felony gun charge.

Later, in the same article, which you can see here
"They just don't take gun cases seriously," said a ranking officer in line with me at Valadez's wake, on the day before he was to be buried. "You'd think they'd take them seriously, but they don't."

Our politicians make lots of noise when it comes to guns and violence. They make speeches and stand in front of the cameras and shake their fingers in anger.

But the woman who was raped in the suburbs and now has a gun in the drawer isn't the problem. The old guy in the city -- feeling he must violate the city's handgun ban because he's not a politician with bodyguards but an old man alone -- is not the problem.

The problem is this: thugs with guns. And if they violate probation on gun charges, they should be incarcerated.

Wow. The Chicago Tribune finally admits that there is another perspective on gun control. This is a first, and needs to be applauded.

Cross posted at Chicago Boyz


Dan from Madison said...

You probably had to read it three times to make sure you didn't miss anything.

Gerry from Valpo said...

Excellent post.

The ChiTrib has reported gun crimes committed by previous gun crime felons in the past. It is usually buried toward the end of a crime report. Rarely is such a story published by opinion journalists or in their editorials. Kass is the exception.

Repeat offenders are the main source for violent crime in Chicago and Crook County, not much different from other urban areas. Dick Daily would never admit that the corrupt judicial system and politically connected attorneys are the problem.

We only need two gun control laws. 1) Commit and be convicted with a gun crime and you get ten hard years. No bargaining. No early release. 2) Repeat offenders get life. Violent crime would be cut by well over 50%.

Not gonna' happen. Dick Daily's crusade against guns and the 2nd ammendment gets more sympathy and has more media cachet. His crusade doesn't have to get results, only for his intentions to get noticed.