In his less than a year in office, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has done a lot to move himself out of the shadow of his predecessor, Richard M. Daley. Emanuel’s administration is much more concerned with wooing TV and print media than his predecessor. Daley was notoriously gruff when it came to dealing with reporters. Emanuel’s people are also impressively tech savvy, utilizing the web to influence public opinion though services like Facebook and Twitter. Daley might not even know what Twitter is, let alone how to use it.
This need to break away from the Daley era has even prompted Emanuel to openly condemn the work of Daley’s office. Emanuel, in the run-up for the announcement of his city-mending Chicago Infrastructure Trust, said Chicago has just suffered through a “lost decade.” He did try to soften the blow by also mentioning he did not want to try to figure out exactly “why or how” this state of affairs came to pass. It is fairly plain, though, that he wishes to impugn the cronyism of the Daley administration.
There is one thing the Daley and Emanuel eras will have in common, though. Both administrations are dead set on denying the law-abiding citizens of Illinois the right to bear arms.
Any supporter of the second amendment most likely remembers that great day in June of 2010 when The Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s ban on hand gun ownership. That plainly unconstitutional law was considered by Daley to be one of his greatest triumphs. When it was struck down he ranted and raved about the violent consequences that would come from letting more hand guns out on the street, yet there has been no rise in gun-related violence in Chicago. Actually, violence has gone down since the ban was lifted.
Despite these numbers, the Emanuel administration still thinks legal guns are the problem. The Mayor has made it his personal mission to push through new gun laws, and not just for Chicago. Emanuel wants all of Illinois to go the way of the Windy City.