Will the proposed gun legislation make a difference in our area, improve Chicago’s homicide rate? That all depends on who you ask.
At Illinois Gun Works in Elmwood Park, bullets are flying tonight like they do every night at the shooting range. And so are gun owner’s opinions about the president’s proposed gun legislation.
Don Mastrianni owns the shop and can’t keep guns or ammunition in stock. His empty cases say it all. He has 6 or 7 guns for sale right now. He typically stocks hundreds at a time. He credits politicians for making sales so brisk.
Mastrianni and others say the presidents proposed legislation squeezes the wrong people and threatens the constitution. He also says it makes the prices of guns go up and the availability of ammo go down. Legit buyers who buy legally are looking for clarification.
But Chicago leaders are praising President Obama’s push for gun control, as the city struggles with spikes in the homicide rate. The proposed legislation has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with reducing crime and killings right here in Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the opportunity today to ask a graduating class of police recruits to do their part –like the president is doing his part– to change the statistics. Emanuel thinks the president’s proposed gun legislation is a great first step for Chicago.
Chicago police superintendent Gary McCarthy makes a distinction in the debate about gun laws. One he thinks is greatly misunderstood.
“When people talk about stricter gun laws, it’ not about the legal guns, it’s about illegal gun purchases. That’s where we are getting lost here,” he said.
Cook County officials concur. Sheriff dart and county board president Toni Preckwinkle relieved aid in the form of a political rescue is coming their way.
“This should have been done decades ago,” Dart said.