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Friday, May 3, 2013

Smoke and Mirrors in the City of Chicago

Illinois has yet failed to arm it's citizens to be able to protect themselves, however while this is going on Chicago gun crimes rise. McCarthy says it is not because of warm weather. But the weather has been proven to be part of it. McCarthy says in the last 7 months gun crimes are down from last year at this time. But what he has failed to realize is that this time last year temperatures were in the 70- 90 degree marks, while this year we have a few days at 80 and then back to 40 or 50. But it has been proven weather plays a part. But McCarthy says pulling officer's from desk jobs and placing cops already on overtime to more overtime and placing them in high crime areas is proof crime is going down. Wrong this smoke and mirror trick will work for a while but more cops are needed. In the last 10 years Chicago has not done any highering until Daley's last year in office. C.P.D. loses 2,000 officer's a year do to retirement, other departments, and termination. If you multiply 2,000 x 5 years that is 10,000 officer's lost with out replacement so figure 10 years that is 20,000 officer's gone. C.P.D. is rushing what they have in qualifying personal through the academy. However the city only get's 2,000 good ones out of 5,000 thousand that apply and out of the 2,000 only 75% make it passed the first 5 years on top of the other officer's leaving. If the city dropped it to where if you can shoot and know the law and constitution come to city hall and get sworn in and then on top of your job you go through the academy full time and the job part time this would flush more cops to the streets. how do you get the right people back ground checks. If they can pass a everything like a candidate with college except new highers would have high school diplomas no GED excepted applicants you'll have good officer's. In this life time you have to go old school highering practices until you get your number's and then you higher every year instead of 4 years.  

Senator Dave Syverson letter to the Sarges readers


As you know, I have been a strong supporter of our second amendment rights, and have long been an advocate for Right-to-Carry legislation. I have come to this conclusion not based on politics, but the facts and documentation from 49 states that have implemented forms of Right-to-Carry.

Recently, the Illinois House failed to pass comprehensive pro-gun legislation. I want to take a few minutes to share with you the differences in Illinois and surrounding states and how easy it should be to pass comprehensive Right-to-Carrry legisiation.

As you likely know, Illinois is the only state in the nation that does not recognize some form of Right-to-Carry. All five states surrounding Illinois -- Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin -- have a "shall issue" law. Other Midwestern states similar in size to Illinois -- Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- all have "shall issue" laws as well.

Each of those states requires a background check to receive a permit to carry a weapon. All of those states, except Indiana and Pennsylvania, require a firearm safety course to be approved for a permit.

The Legislative Research Unit here in Springfield did a fantastic job breaking down the requirements for right-to-carry laws by state across the country. I think you will find of interest what the other 49 states have done and how they differ in their approach to Right-to-Carry. Click here to see state by state charts.

If you take a look through the details, you'll see it should be easy for members of both parties to come together on a piece of legislation that allows law-abiding citizens their right to carry, while also keeping weapons out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.

While it is a serious issue, these cartoons do a good job explaining some of the opposition to passing legislation and the issues they don't adequately address.



I hope you know I'll continue to work hard with both Republicans and Democrats to pass a comprehensive commonsense Right-to-Carry bill.

Thank you for your continued interest in this important topic and I'll keep you up to date on the latest developments here at the Capitol.   
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Senator Dave Syverson