Saturday, December 10, 2011

Where else but Chicago?

Seen at Days of our Trailers...
Panel backs new fine for guns near schools, parks

People toting guns within 500 feet of Chicago schools and parks would get hit with an additional $3,000 fine under a measure endorsed Thursday by the City Council Public Safety Committee.

The additional fines also would apply to those loitering near schools as part of gang or drug activities under the proposal, set for a full council vote Wednesday. Current fines for the offenses range from $100 to $500, and the new fines would be added to those, said Ald. Ariel Reboyras, 30th, who proposed the measure.

"It just sends a clear message that we're not going to tolerate it," Reboyras said. "If you're going to do it, you're going to pay."

Reboyras conceded the fines are unlikely to deter wrongdoing.

"The bad guy's going to do what the bad guy does — fines mean nothing to them," he said. "But if nothing else, it steps up the fines, and if we should happen to catch someone, they'll pay another fee. That's all. It just adds more money to the revenue."
What can you even say to that?

"I appreciate your honesty. Not, you know, a lot, but..."


MamaLiberty said...

I've had the same conversation with people who insist that more gun prohibition will somehow, magically, EVENTUALLY result in guaranteed safety for everyone... at the same time they reluctantly acknowledge that criminals ARE "criminals" because they don't respect the laws to start with... especially those pesky laws against murder, rape, theft and assault.

Circular logic at its finest.

Anonymous said...

I have always wondered about people who's homes are within "X #" of feet from a school. How are they effected by these laws? What if they are seen in their garage cleaning their rifle, or, are seen in their driveway putting a gun in their pk-up on the way to the range? ........ Had a buddy who was going to rent a house that abutted a school's property, and he decided not to rent when I brought up that issue.