CHICAGO – “Without real penalties for illegal gun possession, these criminals wind up right back on the street to be involved in more violence,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters yesterday. “Without real penalties for illegal gun possession, these criminals wind up right back on the street to be involved in more violence.”
As Chicago backs away from some of the strictest gun laws in the United States, the push has become for longer mandatory sentencing guidelines for any firearm related crime. With Senate Bill 1342 being considered by the Illinois legislature, any gun crime would carry a minimum 3 year sentence.
McCarthy supports the measure. His example as to why people should support the measure involves a young man who used a firearm to injure another person. He was given a 1 year jail sentence, but only served 6 months of it before becoming eligible for parole. According to McCarthy, if SB 1342 were law, this young man would still be in prison.
Hidden here is the fact that any gun crime would be considered a mandatory 36 month sentence. If you would bring a firearm that you legally own into Chicago to protect yourself from the high murder rates within the city that has been restricted by the city or state and you’re convicted, you’re going to jail for at least 3 years.
“There has to be some sort of practical application of common sense to the gun laws and what’s happening here,” said McCarthy, “because its facilitating people getting murdered in the city of Chicago and across the country.”
The real question for Superintendent McCarthy is this: how about a common sense application of the 2nd. Amendment?
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