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6 years 5 weeks ago, 10:54 AM

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Dave Workman is an author, senior editor of Gun Week, communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, award-winning outdoor writer, former member of the NRA Board of Directors.

March 25, 9:32 AM ·

Suppose the Alabama Legislature was considering an amendment to a bill that would prevent residents in a specific neighborhood of Birmingham that was heavily populated by minorities from exercising a constitutionally-protected civil right, say voting?
The outrage that would erupt over something like that would be deafening. Sunday morning news programs would be loaded with volatile rhetoric from the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and no doubt marches would be staged at the home of the lawmaker who sponsored such a horrendous piece of legislation.
Well, welcome to Springfield, Illinois where State Rep. Andre M. Thapedi, a Democrat representing the 32nd District on Chicago’s South Side has introduced an amendment to House Bill 1966 that specifically prevents residents in the Englewood neighborhood from owning, selling, buying or manufacturing “any assault weapon or .50 caliber rifle.”
He’s done some serious homework on this by identifying the specific zip codes – 60619, 60620, 60621, 60629, 60636 and 60637 – where the residents apparently cannot be trusted with these firearms while, apparently because every other zip code in the state was not included, every other Illinois citizen is free to possess these guns.
As it happens, the 32nd District extends through these zip codes and according to a contact at the Chicago Sun-Times, this area is overwhelmingly African-American, with a small percentage of Hispanics. Rep. Thapedi is African-American, and he did not return my call to ask about this amendment.
It doesn’t matter what one thinks about so-called “assault weapons” or even .50-caliber target rifles. What does matter is how one thinks about a piece of legislation that targets the residents of a specific neighborhood; an amendment that singles them out as “different” and perhaps less trustworthy with firearms – any firearms, perhaps – than other Chicago residents, or other residents of Illinois.
Forget about the guns for a moment. Let’s say residents in those zip codes should be barred from sending their children to school. How about we pass a law denying health care to anyone living in those zip codes? Or maybe we ought to just deny legal representation to anyone living in that neighborhood who is arrested by the police.
If residents of a specific neighborhood can be denied the right to have a firearm because of their residence and no other reason, what’s to stop the limitation of other rights or government services by legislative whim?
Not that it matters, but this neighborhood is home to the St. Sabina Catholic church, the parish of radical priest Michael Pfleger. He is the priest who, during a demonstration outside of Chuck’s Gun Shop in suburban Riverdale, called on the crowd to “snuff” gun shop owner John Riggio; you know, the same priest who delivered some rather colorful remarks about former Sen. Hillary Clinton when she was running in the Democratic primary against Chicago Sen. Barack Obama.
Perhaps Rep. Thapedi should be given some slack because his intentions are probably good. Rep. Thapedi ought to consult with Father Pfleger about how the Road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
While Rep. Thapedi would not speak to me, Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA), would.
“It’s hard to believe that Rep. Thapedi would be attacking members of his own ethnic community and trying to take their rights away from them,” Pearson commented after learning that the amendment actually passed a vote on the morning of March 25.
ISRA is currently involved in a lawsuit against the City of Chicago over its long-standing handgun ban that, surprise of surprises, has not stemmed the tide of violent crime in the Windy City. ISRA joined the Second Amendment Foundation and four Chicago residents in that lawsuit about 30 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic Second Amendment ruling in the case of District of Columbia v. Dick Anthony Heller on June 26, 2008. The District’s handgun ban was declared unconstitutional, and the SAF/ISRA lawsuit – along with another lawsuit filed the following day by the National Rifle Association – seeks the same fate for Chicago’s handgun ban.
Unlike Rep. Thapedi’s amendment, the SAF/ISRA and NRA lawsuits seek to restore an important right to all of Chicago’s law-abiding residents, not single out neighborhoods where the residents can’t even be trusted with the rights they already have.

6 years 5 weeks ago, 3:18 PM

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I live in illinois and it sucks we cant even fuckin carry in this state unless were jus transporting in a vehicle and it has to be unloaded and all this other stuff. Chicago politics are thr root of everything wrong in illinois did u ever stop to think about this tho if every hood rat in IL thought that any average joe could be packin at any givin time do think people would get robbed raped beat up etc probably not but while crime is up more police os needed more police equallys more taxes which put more money in government hands its all about greed my friends our god damn rights trampled to shit or fuckin money to be honest i carry my handgun with me at almost all times ready to defend me and my wife cause it IS our right its at the begining of the damn constitution wat seperate IL from surrounding states like missori kentucky tennesee and others where its legal to walk in the damn grocery store pistol holstered and crime down imagine this a guy walks in to rob a bank and nobody is allowed to carry except ppl who do it illeagaly to commit crime wat happens nothing the guy will rob the bank pry kill someone and end up continuing to over populate our jail system but if he walks in and 20 rednecks carrying 45s are lookin rite back at him then wat he pisses himself and goes home i know this has little to do with the post im replying to but hey its cool illinois jus really pisses me off and regulating one area IS wrong but one it doesnt make much difference cause legally it can only sit in the closet collecting dust and the little area in Chicago is basically like illinois is compared to other states GETTING THE SHAFT!!!

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6 years 5 weeks ago, 3:25 PM

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Be careful they will try to take your red meat next. The people of Chicago have a great voice; when the G-men banned Foie Gras the people spoke and the ruling got turned around in record time, The citizens need to unite.

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6 years 5 weeks ago, 5:37 PM

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well

one thing you forgot is Mayor Daley was against the Foie Gras law so it went away. He however is very much against guns...there inlies the problem.Even though he s broke more laws than anyone criminal he gets his way.Believe me Obama jumps when Daley whistles.

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6 years 5 weeks ago, 10:16 AM

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ebear WTF was the

Foie Gras Law, or is that a joke?

6 years 5 weeks ago, 10:24 AM

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They outlawed Foie Gras from restaurants, Because of the cruelty towards the goose!!!!So Mayor Daley openly critizied the law. We have a unique hot-dog stand that specializes in unique hot-dogs. Like Alligator meat and shit like that. Very good i must say. But anyways he made a Foie Gras Hot-dog and dared the city to arrest him. The law was dropped not long after.But the deciding factor was Mayor Daley's opposition to the law.

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6 years 5 weeks ago, 10:26 AM

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UN-effing believable

are the unions that strong to back a demagogue as Daley?

6 years 5 weeks ago, 10:31 AM

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yup

I think a lesser man would have been impeached and or arrested a long time ago, but he just keeps on chugging.Allthough he just recently pissed off the police and fire fighters unions by offering a shit-load of money for the Olympics and telling the Unions we have no money for raises.

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6 years 5 weeks ago, 12:28 AM

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fucked up chicago

hate that place

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