Mayor Rahm Emanuel today called for an assault weapons ban at the state and national levels and said it was time for a “vote of conscience” in Congress following the deadly assault on schoolchildren in Connecticut.
Emanuel is the mayor of a city that has had almost 500 murders this year alone. Almost all of them perpetrated, not with assault weapons, but with illegal handguns. He said nothing of this matter before the election. Before the election, discussing banning any guns was bad mojo. He still isn’t talking about measures that would have any effect at all in the battleground that is his city. He is too busy exploiting deaths that took place a half a continent away. He isn’t addressing the weapon that is the tool of mayhem in his city but exploiting the deaths of children to promote policy that will have no effect on the rate of slaughter in the bloody streets of Chicago.
Emanuel’s statement has nothing to do with preventing the gun battle crossfire that is everyday Chicago. He is only interested in promoting a political agenda.
Like I said, politics as usual.