“Gun control means using both hands”
That saying isn’t just a clever retort to people who want the government to violate the Second Amendment of the Constitution. It is also a piece of wisdom about the need for all people who use firearms to be careful with them.
Chicago has some draconian “gun control” laws. It also has a record-breaking gun homicide rate. It also has something else: a gang of shooters who don’t know how to control their guns or don’t care about doing so. This week the gang terrorized a family while they were practicing songs for the church choir. They killed the family dog.
If you have been awake in the US during the last decade, causing the death of the family pet tells you who I am talking about. It is a signature act of violence that indicates this gang wears blue. From policebrutality.info:
“Six children from Chicago are going to remember this night as one of their most traumatizing experiences. The kids, aged 11 months to 13 years at the time, were rehearsing songs for the church choir with their grandmother Charlene Holly when eight armed officers burst through the door and started aiming guns at them, yelling ‘get on the ground!’ One of the cops even asked Charlene to show the 11-month-old’s hands to them at gunpoint. When she asked for the reason of the raid, she was handed a warrant for Sedgwick M. Reavers, the tenant of the apartment one floor above the Hollys. The warrant clearly stated ‘The second floor apartment located at 10640 S. Prairie Ave… the cops broke into the first floor apartment, cursing at the minors and telling them ‘This is what happens when your grandma sells crack.’”
What brave heroes Chicago has—eight militarized raiders with body armor and automatic weapons against a grandma and six young children. Too bad they can’t read or didn’t bother to do so. The warrant targeted an apartment on the second floor, which allegedly belonged to a drug dealer. But the police raided the Holly residence on the first floor.
Tracking news sources, I suspect that this story might be derived mainly from the plaintiff’s lawsuit that they have now filed. So maybe the police will say that the children weren’t really practicing for choir. Maybe the cops will claim that they didn’t repeatedly call the children motherf…s, because any search on YouTube will show that cops never use foul language on the job. No, they’re all models of self-restraint and manners.
Sarcasm aside, it is telling that this lawsuit is considered not even worth mentioning in the national media. With the rare exception of an allegation of race-motivated abuse, our national news industry simply passes over the militarization of our police forces without a raised eyebrow. After all, reporters in the big networks will never be Wacoed to death, so why should they care what happens to poor people in inner cities. They’d prefer to glorify Rohm Emanuel. But if any private gun owner and NRA member had tried to deal with a drug dealer and accidentally held innocents at gun point, the media would be all over it.
More to the point, such a person would immediately lose his firearms. That’s what should have happened here. Armed men who can’t bother to read their own instructions should not be trusted with firearms.
These agents of the Chicago government can’t control their own guns.
Postscript: I’ve been accused of writing that the dog was ‘shot.” I guess “execution” can be taken that way, but I was just looking for another word for killed. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Since I never wrote that the dog was shot, I can’t take that back. I’ve now removed “executed’–though I still think it was a perfectly good description of a killing. I apologize for any misunderstanding that was caused. The dog was strangled. Since he wasn’t even in the room, this killing seems even more stupid than the typical police act of shooting the dog on sight. I don’t see why anyone would fail to be “fired up” by what happened.