What is the deal with Chicago and radical churches? Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy recently spoke, or rather ranted, to a crowd at Saint Sabina's Catholic Church, saying racism is government sponsored while implying racism plays a large role in the gun manufacturing industry, failing to point out the majority of gun crime in Chicago is black on black crime. He boasted that the "NRA doesn't like me, and I'm okay with that." He of course couldn't give his speech in church without getting a Palin slam in either with a splash of class warfare.
"The NRA does not like me, and I’m okay with that!"
"Federal gun laws fasciliate the flow of illegal fire arms into our urban centers across this country are killing our black and brown children."
"We've got to get the gun debate back to center with the recognition of who's paying the price for the gun manufactures being rich and living in gated communities."
"I snapped on the TV to relax and what was on TV? Sarah Palin's Alaska. And she was Caribou hunting and the right to bear arms. Why wasn't she at the crime scene with me."
Reality Check: Guns don't kill people, people kill people. McCarthy should be attacking the crime ridden culture in Chicago, not the Second Amendment or Sarah Palin for that matter. And by the way, Caribou hunting is a responsible way to use firearms and has nothing to do with the crime in Chicago. The two are completely unrelated.
However what is relevent is the exponential increase in Chicago crime during the long 30 years handguns were banned in the Windy City.
Chicago Police Department statistics, we are told, reveal that the City's handgun murder rate has actually increased since the ban was enacted and that Chicago residents now face one of the highest murder rates in the country and rates of other violent crimes that exceed the average in comparable cities.
Thankfully, the Supreme Court has given Chicago residents back their right defend themselves, striking down the ban in June 2010 in McDonald v. City of Chicago.
NRANews' Cam Edwards responds: