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Illinois Mayor Issues Coronavirus Order Allowing Ban on Gun Sales (One heck of a way to push "the agenda")

Champaign, Illinois, Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen (D) issued an executive order Thursday that gives her the power to halt ammunition and firearm sales in the city.

 

The City of Champaign announced the executive order, saying:

Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen issued an Executive Order declaring the existence of a local emergency in the City of Champaign related to the COVID-19 virus, which is causing or is anticipated to cause widespread impacts on the health of members of the community.  Provisions in Chapter 12 of the Champaign Municipal Code provide the Mayor authorization to declare an emergency for a limited period of time.  This allows the Mayor to exercise significant emergency powers at the inception of the emergency, and then to provide an opportunity for the City Council, as a whole, to deal with an emergency.

On Friday the City of Champaign posted additional information on the executive order.

 

The order makes certain powers available to the mayor, should she choose to use them. WAND17 reports that banning ammunition and firearm sales is one of the powers made available, and the Washington Examiner reports that the order also gives Feinen the power to prohibit sales of alcohol and curtail sales of gasoline.

 

The City of Champaign’s communications manager, Jeff Hamilton, said, “The executive order allows the city to be flexible to properly respond to the emergency needs of our community. None of the options will necessarily will be implemented but are available in order to protect the welfare and safety of our community if needed.”

 

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

 
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3 hours ago, nstoolman1 said:

So go outside the city and purchase them. It works for 4th of July sales in California. 

Haven't you heard? They do that already. They go to Gary's gun shows to get all of the guns into  Chicago. Here's the latest blame on Indiana.

 

Chicago Mayor Blames Indiana For Her City’s Gang Problem

Posted at 5:30 pm on July 19, 2019 by Cam Edwards

 

Chicago Mayor Blames Indiana For Her City's Gang Problem
Santiago Covarrubias/Sun Times via AP

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she’s going to start treating violence as a public health crisis in Chicago, claiming that will help the city “dig down into the root causes of the violence”.  The mayor went on to say:

“Previously we had a law enforcement first and only strategy and it wasn’t working. It’s not working when you talk about neighborhoods where the unemployment rate is 25% or higher. It’s not working when you think about the fact that in many communities, 90% or more of residents are depending on public assistance and where neighborhoods haven’t been invested in, where there’s no real legitimate economic activity.”

 

It’s absolutely untrue to say that Chicago has had a “law enforcement first and only strategy” in place.  The Cure Violence program, for example, has operated in several Chicago neighborhoods since 2004 and claims to have seen reductions in shootings and homicides of 41% to 73% over the years.  The controversial program deploys former gang members as “violence interrupters” in high-crime neighborhoods.  The idea is that these individuals can talk to current gang members and get them to stop shooting one another without law enforcement’s involvement.  Unfortunately, there’ve been several high profile arrests of Cure Violence leaders over the last few years, including Francisco Sanches, who was actually arrested for running one of the most violent gangs in Chicago while working for the anti-violence program.  So, the mayor could say she’s not happy with the intervention strategies that have been put in place, but it’s just flat out wrong to say there haven’t been any non-law enforcement strategies in Chicago.

The mayor talks about the high unemployment and lack of job opportunities as drivers of violent crime, but it seems to me just as likely that it’s the other way around; businesses don’t want to move in to high crime neighborhoods when they could locate in a safer place a few miles or even a few blocks away.  Do you reduce violent crime by bringing in jobs or do you bring in jobs by reducing violent crime?

The mayor seems to think that reducing violence is predicated on fixing the broken communities first, telling Now This News:

“We have to make sure that we are shoring up these neighborhoods by focusing on economic development, filling the wealth and opportunity gap, eliminating food, pharmacy, and health care deserts and all of those things that we take for granted as being important to a good quality of life. We need to make sure that those opportunities and resources are plentiful all across the city and not just in certain neighborhoods.”

I hate to say it, but I think Mayor Lightfoot has it backwards.  Those communities that are plagued by violence can’t start to rebuild until the violence stops, and it’s not going to stop if a Starbucks or a Walgreens moves in to a corner location. Until the relatively few individuals driving the violence in these neighborhoods are dealt with, the violence they commit is going to continue.

Lightfoot appears unwilling to consider that argument.  Instead, despite her disapproval of a “law enforcement strategy” to deal with street crime, she’s wholeheartedly embraced putting more gun control laws on the books, in Chicago and elsewhere.

“The fact that you can cross the border, go into Indiana and purchase military-grade weapons at any number with no background check is a terrible thing, not only for a city but look at the devastation that gun violence is wreaking every single day in our community.”

Unfortunately for Mayor Lightfoot, the facts tell a far different story than gang members driving into Indiana and loading up on “military-grade weapons”.  As it turns out, twice as many guns recovered and traced in Chicago come from Illinois than Indiana. Indiana could ban gun sales tomorrow and it wouldn’t have much of an impact, if any, on the violence.

Lightfoot says the only way to make a difference is to have “federal laws in place that require background checks and strengthen the penalties for people who pick up guns and wreak havok in our community.”

In other words, Illinois’ gun control laws have failed at preventing violence in Chicago, so the answer must be federal gun laws instead.  The mayor came closest to hitting the proverbial 10-ring when she mentioned “penalties for people who pick up guns and wreak havok” in the city.  For years, the city’s bond system has been accused of serving as a revolving door for some of the city’s most violent criminals, though Chicago has recently undertaken reform of its bond system. Those (mostly) young men who have been in and out of courtrooms and jail cells are the key to reducing violence in Chicago. Help them turn their lives around and stop shooting, or take them off the streets. They’re the ones driving the violence, and ultimately they’re the ones that can stop it.

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Well they have a bigger problem if citizens in Indiana are going to Illinois and purchasing guns across state lines. 

That is a no no. 

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