While individuals can have various opinions on the topic of gun control, “independent” or “neutral” journalists should (theoretically) keep an open mind.
Over the years I have pilloried the Chicago Tribune not for being pro-gun control but for NOT EVEN MENTIONING THE LACK OF GUN RIGHTS WHEN DISCUSSING MURDERS. For example, if a woman is gunned down by an ex spouse who violates a protection order, it is never discussed that she doesn’t even have the right to defend herself which may have contributed to her death. Given that Chicago leads the nation in murders on a total basis (even though we are far behind NYC and Los Angeles in population), this is not an irrelevant criterion.
In a recent article by John Kass, one of their columnists, discussing a police officer who was killed in the line of duty
Just two weeks before young Chicago Police Officer Alex Valadez was shot down on the edge of a vacant South Side lot, his alleged killer, Shawn Gaston, was in court, accused of another probation violation on a felony gun charge.
Later, in the same article, which you can see here
“They just don’t take gun cases seriously,” said a ranking officer in line with me at Valadez’s wake, on the day before he was to be buried. “You’d think they’d take them seriously, but they don’t.”
Our politicians make lots of noise when it comes to guns and violence. They make speeches and stand in front of the cameras and shake their fingers in anger.
But the woman who was raped in the suburbs and now has a gun in the drawer isn’t the problem. The old guy in the city — feeling he must violate the city’s handgun ban because he’s not a politician with bodyguards but an old man alone — is not the problem.
The problem is this: thugs with guns. And if they violate probation on gun charges, they should be incarcerated.
Wow. The Chicago Tribune finally admits that there is another perspective on gun control. Maybe gun control isn’t the answer, but enforcing laws on existing felons rather than law-abiding citizens is a start. This is a first, and needs to be applauded.
Cross posted at LITGM