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Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy says NRA supporters are corrupt, endangers public safety

Chicago’s police superintendent is in the middle of a new controversy by claiming that lawful firearm owners are agents of political corruption. 

Appearing on a Chicago Sunday morning talk show, superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed his conviction that firearm owners who lobby their elected representatives or who donate money to political campaigns are engaged in corruption that endangers public safety. 

The top cop of Chicago echoes the gun ban movement. David Gregory held up a magazine on Meet the Press as the gun ban push continues.

The top cop of Chicago echoes the gun ban movement. David Gregory held up a magazine on Meet the Press as the gun ban push continues.

McCarthy went on to express his belief that judges and legislators should rely on public opinion polls when interpreting our Constitution.

“If there was a special interest influencing police work, I believe that would be called corruption,” McCarthy said. “So, if it has to do with donating money, versus a popular vote, I think we have a bigger problem in this country and someone has to wake up to that.”

“Garry McCarthy ’s understanding of our Constitution barely qualifies him as a meter maid, never mind the chief of the nation’s third largest police department,” commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson . 

“What on earth would possess McCarthy to assert that constitutional rights should be meted out based on public opinion polls?  Let’s not forget that public opinion polls once opposed a woman’s right to vote while it would be a safe bet that, at one time, polls would have shown lynching as an acceptable form of justice.  It has been said that our Constitution exists to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority.  McCarthy’s view of our Constitution is dangerous and unbecoming of a civil servant.”

“McCarthy needs to understand that the lawful firearm owners of this state will continue to lobby their representatives and continue to support candidates who represent their interests,” continued Pearson.  “If Garry McCarthy doesn’t like that, well that’s just too bad.  If McCarthy is so interested in influence peddling, he should pop into some of the gin mills ringing the Illinois Capitol and count the ruddy red noses of taxpayer-funded lobbyists for the City of Chicago.”

 Back in 2011 McCarthy raised eyebrows with comparisons between gun violence and racism, then commenting on Sarah Palin’s show, alluding to culpability.

McCarthy opined that the 2ndAmendment limits citizens to owning smooth-bore muskets.  McCarthy went on to say that he believes that the 2nd Amendment supports mandatory liability insurance for firearm owners and the mandatory application of GPS tracking devices to civilian owned firearms.

McCarthy’s assertion that the Founders limited arms to smooth bore muskets is demonstrably false as well.

McCarthy has previously said that Illinois “does not have strict gun laws” and that stricter laws were needed in order to adequately combat crimes committed by those illegally possessing firearms.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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  1. Matt says:

    People die in nam with 20 round clips, there is no need for laws, pressure on industry 20 round clips. Simple, u have to ban the Chinese imports.

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