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One Thumbs Up for the 5-4 Gun Decision, One Thumbs Down


Roger Ebert already weighed in on the recent Supreme Court decision which will overturn Chicago’s restrictive gun laws with, shall we say, a thumbs down. But here’s he’s former movie-reviewing partner, Richard Roeper, with his take on the decision in today’s Sun-Times:

Good riddance to gun ban that wasn’t working

If we could start at Square One, with only law enforcement and the military in possession of guns, great.

But that’s Utopia, not Chicago. In Chicago, any gang-banging thug who wants a gun can get a gun. A lot of people can get a gun more easily than they can get a credit card.

We can debate forever about whether owning a gun makes your home a safer or a more dangerous environment — but I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it now:

If you live in this city and you believe the best way to protect yourself, your family and your house is to own firearms, you should be able to do so legally.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has reversed a ruling upholding Chicago’s gun ban, sending the case back to a lower court. Mayor Daley responded by saying the City Council will immediately start considering new gun control measures.

Let’s be real here. With the handgun ban in effect, three were killed and more than two dozen were shot in Chicago last weekend. The weekend prior to that, some 60 people were shot, and 10 were killed.

I don’t think the bad guys are waiting around for the courts to rule so they can go out and legally purchase weapons.

Thumbs up!


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