In Short Run, Mayor’s Gun Bill Strategy Unlikely to Backfire

Post Date: October 27, 2013

(Chicago Tribune) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for tougher sentences for illegal gun possession continues the tactical tradition of Chicago mayors looking to Springfield to help solve — or shift blame for — the city’s continued violent crime problem.

State lawmakers routinely paid little notice to former Mayor Richard Daley’s annual requests for tougher firearms laws, especially by the end of his tenure. While Emanuel’s rhetoric may be even louder, his effort is obstructed by a variety of factors: incarceration costs, geography, race, conflicting academic studies and the unknown effects of a new Illinois law allowing qualified gun owners to carry firearms in public. Read more