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  •  You are not going to pull out the... (14+ / 0-)

    "if only Hadiya Pendleton had a gun too she would still be alive", are you?

    The more you learn the less you know.

    by quiet in NC on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:42:27 PM PST

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    •  Why did SCOTUS overturn Gun Ban? (3+ / 0-)
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      Law enforcement was doing such a poor job that a struggling retiree, probably living not that far from where this tragic incident took place, argued he needed a firearm to defend his home.

          In McDonald v. City of Chicago, _U.S._, 130 S.Ct. 3020, 177 L.Ed.2nd 894 (2010), Chicago resident Otis McDonald, a 76 year old (in 2010) retired maintenance engineer, had lived in the Morgan Park neighborhood since buying a house there in 1971.[7] McDonald decried the decline of his neighborhood, describing it as being taken over by gangs and drug dealers. His lawn was regularly littered with refuse and his home and garage had been broken into a combined five times, with the most recent robbery committed by a man McDonald recognized from his own neighborhood.[7] An experienced hunter, McDonald legally owned shotguns, but believed them too unwieldy in the event of a robbery, and wanted to purchase a handgun for personal home defense. Due to Chicago's requirement that all firearms in the city be registered, yet refusing all handgun registrations after 1982 when a citywide handgun ban was passed, he was unable to legally own a handgun. As a result, in 2008, he joined three other Chicago residents in filing a lawsuit which became McDonald v. Chicago.[7]

      So, no, I'm not arguing that Hadiya Pendleton would be alive if she had a firearm.

      I am arguing that an overextended law enforcement apparatus is part of the reason why so many Americans want to have firearms.

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

      by PatriciaVa on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:57:32 PM PST

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