The PJ Tatler

Illinois Puts Useless Regulatory Band-Aid On Gun Violence Problem


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a gun-control measure into law on Sunday that expands background checks to cover all firearms purchases in the state, closing what he said was a loophole that exempted gun sales between private parties.

The new law also requires all gun owners to report any lost or stolen firearms to local police within 72 hours.

“Guns are a plague on too many of our communities,” Quinn, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Making sure guns do not fall into the wrong hands is critical to keeping the people of Illinois safe. This commonsense law will help our law enforcement crack down on crime and make our streets safer.”

There is a lot of stunningly clueless thinking involved in being a modern Democrat and the notion that criminals who commit crimes with guns will obey gun laws is perhaps the most thick-headed of all. Chicago is a war zone of gun violence right now and, as anyone who can read above a third grade level knows, it is one of the most heavily regulated cities in America regarding firearms. It is childishly naive to believe that the problem somehow involves private sales of weapons between gang members and drug dealers.

Or deliberately untruthful.