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Double taxation is something Democrats love. Too bad criminals rarely buy the firearms they use in crimes from gun shops so this tax only affects law-abiding citizens of Cook County.

From Chicago Sun Times:

A group of Chicago area gun dealers and owners filed a lawsuit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, aiming to halt a new $25 tax on every gun purchase in Cook County.

The special county tax doesn’t kick in until April 1, but Chuck’s Gun Shop in south suburban Riverdale — one of the better-known gun stores in the area — is among the plaintiffs asking a judge to order the county to hold its fire. The suit says the tax a violation of the right to bear arms.

“Proponents of the tax have admitted that its purpose is to curb the number of firearms in circulation. The Tax thus is intended to deter individuals from exercising their fundamental right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second and the Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and . . . the Illinois Constitution,” the lawsuit states.

The suit claims the tax infringes “on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear, and law-abiding Retailers to sell, arms as guaranteed” by state and local constitutions.

“There’s enough taxes on those already — we pay a sales tax. [And] I had to pay $100 to qualify to purchase a gun — and I think I’ve paid enough,” said South Sider Deborah Gowder, referring to what she paid for a FOID permit just to purchase a gun. She and her son are both plaintiffs in the case.

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How can this be? Left-wing gun-grabbers tell us that gun control is for our protection yet Chicago with some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation continues to be the murder capital of the US.

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -A bloody weekend in which eight people were killed and six wounded has put an abrupt end — at least for now — to hopes that Chicago was at least putting a lid on his frightening homicide rate.

With a few days left in the month, the nation’s third-largest city now finds itself on the cusp of its deadliest January in more than a decade. The news comes just after Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy had announced that after several violent months, Chicago had seen a drop in homicides at the end of 2012 and for the first few weeks of 2013.

Police say the homicide rate is a reflection of the city’s gang problem and a proliferation of guns. Chicago has for years tried to cut off the flow of guns. It has what city officials have called the strictest handgun ordinance in the U.S. But police officials say more needs to be done and that penalties for violating gun laws should be stiffer.

They blame the guns for the killings but not the gangbangers who are pulling the trigger. Typical left-wing lunacy.

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These are die-hard Obama voters.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A dispute over a spot in line at a food stamp office downstate escalated into a full-fledged brawl.

The fight on Tuesday was captured on video and shows at least four women wrestling and punching each other.

At one point, the video shows two women grabbing each other while a third punches one of them on the back of the head. At another point, a woman walks across the office and punches another person in the face.

Security officers struggled to end the chaos. It took them several minutes to separate the group and restore order. Some of the people involved in the fight initially refused to leave.

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Liberal idiocy knows no bounds.

CHICAGO (CBS) – A South Side alderman is asking for City Council hearings on an unorthodox gun control measure that would allow for GPS tracking of firearms.

WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), a former police officer, has suggested that global positioning system chips be embedded in new guns, and retrofitted on existing firearms, so they could be located if they go missing.

“Just like if your car gets stolen, OnStar can tell you where your car is. If your gun gets stolen, and you report it, we should be able to find that gun,” he said.

How about we GPS chip all felons instead? That way we will always know where they’re at. Instead liberals won’t to track law-abiding citizens who they see as more of a threat.

Cochran has introduced a resolution asking the Committee on Public Safety to hold hearings to receive testimony on the matter. A Massachusetts state senator from Boston has been pushing a similar measure in that state.

Cochran acknowledged it might be expensive to install GPS chips on current and future firearms, but not as expensive as the cost of gun violence to society.

“Let’s measure what it costs in hospital costs, lost wages, deaths,” he said.

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Won't waste this crisis boss.

Won’t waste this crisis boss.

So the Mayor of Chicago, which has the strictest gun control laws on top of being one of the liberal murder capitals of the US, wants to give his “insights” to the gun control debate. Maybe Rahm should get control of his own backyard before going national. Just a thought.

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -A fatal gas station shooting involving a man found near the Eisenhower Expressway comes as Mayor Emanuel goes to Washington to push for gun control measures.

How did the strict gun control measure help those 500 plus that were murdered in Chicago?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an analysis of Chicago’s city employee pension funds to see if they hold companies that make or sell assault weapons. If so, he wants them sold.

Typical “pro-choice” liberal. Punish companies for the actions of an individual. Liberals hate personal responsibility.

Emanuel spoke on Monday in Washington about his support for new gun control measures. He participated in a panel with the Center for American Progress Action Fund to talk about his role in getting the Assault Weapons Ban passed in 1994, when he was senior adviser to President Clinton.

The felon, George Soros, funds CAP and is pushing the anti-2nd Amendment brigade. Those unarmed Jews know all about Soros, who turned them over to the Nazis.

The mayor spoke on the political lessons learned during the passage of that bill and how the dialogue in Washington D.C. needs to shift in order to enact legislation to reduce gun violence.

He says legislation should focus on limiting criminal access to guns. Separately his office announced that Emanuel ordered the pension fund analysis as a “first step” in removing the companies from city investment plans.

Will Emanuel ask for automobile companies to be removed since, according to liberal logic, vehicles are responsible for automobile deaths and drunk driving, not an individual.

The mayor said the city shouldn’t invest in companies that “profit from the proliferation of assault weapons.” The five city funds are worth more than $13.5 billion.

Emanuel said last week that he is working on a gun control ordinance for the city after an assault weapons ban stalled in the Illinois General Assembly. He is expected to introduce that ordinance at the next City Council meeting. It will include a call on city pensions and retirement fund managers to review their portfolio of investments and eliminate companies that make or sell assault weapons.

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How is that gun control scheme working for you Chicago?

From the Weekly Standard:

In 2012, 532 people were murdered in the city of Chicago, according to statistics compiled by the Crime in Chicago website. The number of people murdered the year before was 441, meaning in the city of Chicago, murders have increased by 91 from 2011 to 2012.

The Chicago Police Department was not available to confirm these numbers today, which is New Year’s Day.

The website also claims that, through December 25, 2012, there 2,670 people were shot in Chicago last year. That’s also an increase from the year before, when 2,217 people were shot in Chicago that year.

In all, it means that on average almost 1.5 people were murdered in Chicago each day last year, while on average 7.3 people were shot each day.

Official numbers from the city of Chicago appear to be a tad bit lower, however.

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How can this happen in the liberal, anti-gun utopia that is Chicago? Could it have anything to do with the fact that criminals NEVER obey laws?

CHICAGO (CBS) – Bank robbers had a busy year in 2012. The FBI said robbers have hit 218 banks in the Chicago area as of Dec. 31, compared to 115 in 2011.

“Close to double what we had in the prior year,” said FBI Special Agent Joan Hyde.

You mean those little gun-free stickers on bank doors don’t stop criminals from robbing? Whodathunkit?

WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports, while people often look for a way to explain a spike in bank robberies, Hyde said it’s not often tied to a greater issue, like the economy.

Translation: It’s due to Obamanomics.

“That just doesn’t play out. Typically the bank robbers are motivated by their need for money for a drug habit, or gambling debts,” she said.

[...]This year’s bank robbery total is the most since 2006, when there were 284 such heists in the Chicago area.

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