On May 10, 2007, Blair Holt, an innocent 16 year old Chicago Public Schools (CPS) student was shot to death on a Chicago Transit Authority bus by another 16 year old who had warned others waiting with him at a bus stop of his plans to board the bus when it arrived and kill someone on the bus. Tiara Reed, Blair Holt’s classmate, said that when the bullets began to fly from the gun of 16 year old Michael “Mario” Pace, Holt threw himself on top of her, saving her life. Blair Holt was killed, and Tiara Reed was shot in the foot. There is no question, Blair Holt is truly a hero who selflessly gave his own life to save that of a classmate.
Since at least July 7, 1992, the carrying of guns has been mostly banned inside the city limits of Chicago. Title 8, of the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago, styled “Offenses Affecting Public Peace, Morals and Welfare,” makes it unlawful for any person to carry or maintain in any vehicle or about his or her person except when on his or her property or in his or her residence or fixed place of business, any rifle, shotgun, or other firearm. Persons excepted from this general rule barring the carrying of firearms include peace officers, members of the military on duty, wardens, etc., and finally, excepted are citizens who are “Licensed hunters or fishermen while engaged in hunting or fishing.” [Emphasis added.] No, that is not a misquote of the Municipal Code of the City of Chicago. It does say “fishermen while engaged in hunting or fishing.” I pondered that one a while, and decided that is just the way it is in Chicago...you go fishing with your gun, you shoot the fish and then you gut it. Simple. In addition, the transportation of guns, by the average Chicago citizen, is not permitted unless the gun is broken down and in a non-functioning condition.
Despite the strict ban on carrying guns in Chicago, between September, 2007, and March 27, 2008, MSNBC reported, 18 Chicago Public Schools students were killed by gunfire. The previous school year 24 CPS students were shot to death. Another CPS student, 16 year old Johnel Ford, an innocent victim caught in the cross fire of gang members, was reported to be the first person to die by gunfire in Chicago in 2009. According to a February 20, 2009, report from radio station WLS in Chicago, three teenagers were shot and killed about 4 pm around the corner of 87th and Exchange, bringing the number of Chicago Public School students killed by gun fire since September 2008 to 21. Other reports note that there is almost no problem with guns or shootings in the suburbs surrounding Chicago.
Enter: U.S. Congressman Bobby L. Rush, Democrat (1st District, IL). Congressman Rush has introduced House Resolution 45, the short title of which is “Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009.” Now, there is nothing wrong with naming a law after a hero. But, as the National Rifle Association reports, if HR 45 is enacted into law:
...all handgun owners [will be required] to submit to the federal government an application that shall include, among many other things: a photo; an address; a thumb print; a completed, written firearm safety test; private mental health records; and a fee.And those are only some of the requirements to be licensed!
The bill would further require the attorney general to establish a database of every handgun sale, transfer, and owner's address in America. Moreover, the bill would make it illegal to own or possess a "qualifying firearm" -- defined as "any handgun; or any semiautomatic firearm that can accept any detachable ammunition feeding device…" [emphasis added] without one of the proposed licenses.
Additionally, the bill would make it illegal to transfer ownership of a "qualifying firearm" to anyone who is not a licensed gun dealer or collector (with very few exceptions), and would require "qualifying firearm" owners to report all transfers to the attorney general's database. It would also be illegal for a licensed gun owner to fail to record a gun loss or theft within 72 hours, or fail to report a change of address within 60 days. Further, if a minor obtains a firearm and injures someone with it, the owner of the firearm may face a multiple-year jail sentence.
H.R. 45 is essentially a reintroduction of HR 2666, which Rush introduced in 2007. H.R. 2666 contained much of the same language as H.R. 45, and was co-sponsored by several well-known anti-gun legislators--including Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. H.R. 45 currently has no co-sponsors.
Congressman Rush's picture, on his congressional web site, depicts a nice looking older man wearing a nice business suit, and there is a U.S. Flag in the background. Interesting. Congressman Rush was a co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party. The Black Panthers follow the totalitarian philosophies of Maoism and Marxism and believe that workers should forcefully take over the means of production. In addition, Barack H. Obama wrote in his memoirs that when in college he sought out for friendship those professors who were Marxists.
Do you want to give up your second amendment right to keep and bear arms to a Maoist/Marxist? The theories of Mao and Marx have occasionally reached actuality, and they run deep with the blood of the innocents, just as did Hitler's National Socialist (Nazi) “Third Reich.” Early in the establishment of each of those systems of government, the right to keep and bear arms was eliminated. The people could then no longer exercise their God-given right of self-defense and millions upon millions of lives were taken by power hungry, arrogant, dictators. Never forget that our rights are given to us by God, and that we only allow the government to exercise those rights that we choose it may exercise.
Remember that 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday, or the day before, or the day before, or the day before.... It is sad and very bad that all those children have died and continue to die in the city of Chicago, Illinois, but guns are not the problem. The Associated Press reported that in 2008 more murders occurred in Chicago than there were soldiers killed in Iraq. The problem, very unfortunately, is the culture of Chicago – the home of Congressman Rush and of Barack H. Obama. These two men have evidently done nothing to change the culture of Chicago when they have had it in their power to do so. Instead, one of the two men (at least) has advocated taking control by force. It has been said that “If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson,” and that “Criminals love gun control, because it makes their jobs easier.” One silly wag even said that “Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.” Oh, pshaw, don't you believe it! Two guys from the south side of Chicago wouldn't want to control you....
Let Freedom Ring!