Anti-2nd Amendment nuts are bad enough but an anti-2nd Amendment police officers are worse. Especially one with a gun control lust and political agenda.
During an interview on radio station WVON 1690 am and Newsinblack last week, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he was disappointed with the media only pointing out problems with crime and not reporting on solutions. But perhaps the most surprising comments from the city’s top cop came when McCarthy commented on the upcoming concealed carry law that must be passed in Illinois within the next six months after a federal appeals court last month ruled the state’s ban on concealed carry unconstitutional. McCarthy made a bold and scary prediction that citizens carrying legally could be shot by Chicago police as he reiterated his stance against arming legal citizens.
“You put more guns on the street expect more shootings,” McCarthy said. “I don’t care if they’re licensed legal firearms, people who are not highly trained… putting guns in their hands is a recipe for disaster. So I’ll train our officers that there is a concealed carry law, but when somebody turns with a firearm in their hand the officer does not have an obligation to wait to get shot to return fire and we’re going to have tragedies as a result of that. I’m telling you right up front.”
McCarthy would not say what specific training officers will undertake if any. However, he did admit that in the past his department has made mistakes in shooting unarmed civilians. He believes the concealed carry law will increase those types of unfortunate incidents.
Sound like Chicago PD is a little trigger happy. Other states with concealed carry laws enjoy lower crime rates and less accidental shootings.
“You say concealed carry I say Trayvon Martin. Police officers make mistakes all the time,” McCarthy said. “We spend six months in the police academy, six months of field training and ongoing training on a regular basis and the fact is once in a while we’re going to shoot someone with a cellphone; we’re going to shoot somebody with a flashlight and none of that is okay. But now you take John Q. Civilian, you give them six weeks or 10 weeks of training and you say ‘have at it?’ The fact is more guns are not the solution to the firearm gun violence problem in this country. Less guns and reasonable gun laws are. And just because it’s 49 states to one doesn’t mean the state of Illinois is wrong on that one.”
What a dumbfuck. Trayvon Martin was killed by a guy he was attacking. All that training and his trigger happy officers can’t distingish the difference between a flashlight or cell phone? When was the last time anyone has heard of a concealed carry owner shooting someone with a flashlight? NEVER. Also, this dipshit doesn’t know facts. Gun ownership is at record highs and crime rates are at record low…well except in highly gun-regulated Chicago. 500 plus murders this year as this idiot rants about citizens with concealed weapon permits.
McCarthy’s comments drew immediate and intense criticism from citizens in favor of concealed carry and from people who teach concealed carry courses. Rick Pere, a civilian military contractor and former police officer who lives in downstate Illinois and teaches both the Utah and Florida concealed carry classes, said McCarthy’s comments were full of ignorance and add to the misinformation being given to citizens in Cook County and Chicago. He said McCarthy’s comments come from his position as superintendent, which must coincide with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“McCarthy comes from an anti-gun culture in the city of New York and he is a political fixture even though he does ride with his officers occasionally who are out on patrol. He has forgotten where he’s come from,” Pere said. “He’s a politician and they have to sing the chorus of the local political power so they can maintain their jobs. Officers in the rank and file are mostly for concealed carry.”
Even McCarthy’s own department does not agree with his stance on the issue. Both the Chicago Police Sergeant’s and Lieutenant’s Associations have publicly come out in favor of concealed carry with the Lieutenant’s Association going as far as saying it will enhance public safety.
“We recognize the importance and need for citizens in the state of Illinois to be legally allowed to protect themselves with the right to carry a weapon concealed. We feel that it would enhance citizen safety and in the end make our job easier,” read a statement from Robert Weisskopf, president of the Lieutenant’s Association.