Now, why do the pro-gun guys keep doing that? They exaggerate the supposed offenses of the gun control folks and then argue against those exaggerated claims.Emanuel, who proposed the idea on Thursday, said the registry would help the Chicago Police Department trace guns that come from outside the city. Chicago has a gun registry, but the state does not.
Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, said Emanuel is overstepping his bounds.
“I, like most Downstaters, are a little sick of the mayor of Chicago acting like he is the governor of Illinois,” Bomke said, adding the legislation only punishes law-abiding citizens and do not stop criminals from getting weapons.
What Sen. Bomke said is wrong on two counts.
First, no one is being "punished." Gun-rights fanatics coined that famous phrase as a way of misleading. When it serves their purposes they love to play the victim. Do people feel punished when they have to get a driver's license? Of course not. In the same way, law abiding citizens who don't have a gun-rights ax to grind, would not feel punished by even the strictest gun control measures.
Second, proper gun control laws would have an immediate and direct impact on the criminal's ability go get guns. This is so obvious that it becomes tedious arguing over it. Almost all guns in criminal hands originally were the property of lawful gun owners, either at the level of the gun manufacturer, the FFL gun seller or the individual. In various ways these guns are slipping into the criminal world, therefore stricter controls would positively impact that lethal mechanism.
Only dishonest and biased gun-rights advocates deny these two obvious things.
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