Police chiefs in Chicago and other big cities have long opposed law-abiding Americans’ right to self-defense. Their policy statement from 2019 wants to renew the so-called assault weapons ban, restrict CCW laws, end private party gun sales, create more mandatory waiting periods, restrict suppressors, etc. It is the wish list of the anti-gun left.
They’ve had some success. Gun ranges in big cities are closing. Gun stores in big cities are closing. Look at JWR’s recent essay for the history of gunsmiths even in cities like San Francisco. But not today, of course. Chicago’s recent police chief, Garry McCarthy, hated defenders of the Second Amendment. He and his pals have successfully eroded cultural support for the right to self-defense.
This was all well and good when only normal law-abiding Americans were losing their right to carry firearms in restaurants or hospitals. But now that “uniformed on-duty cops” are being inconvenienced, it’s news.
It is a shame when law-abiding police lose their right to self-defense when visiting a friend in the hospital. It’s a shame when any law-abiding American loses his right to self-defense when visiting a friend in the hospital. I understand this police officer isn’t setting department policy. But the fish rots from the head down.