October 07, 2009

Anti-gun lobby bummed they can't use Chicago beating death to flog for gun control

That's the jist of this Bloomberg article this morning by John McCormick. The brutal murder of Derrion Albert, caught on videotape, departs from the anti-gun lobby's narrative that access to guns is the primary contributor to teen violence in Chicago because Albert had the misfortune to be beat to death by a bunch of thugs with railroad ties.

In a section of the article entitled "Missed Opportunities" [insert gratuitous eye roll], Chicago Obamabots lament the Albert killing "provides the cover" to the Obama Admin to address teen violence without flogging their anti-gun agenda.

“Where there have been opportunities for the president to speak out about the issue of firearm violence, he has missed any number of opportunities,” said Thom Mannard, executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.

Doing so in the Albert case “provides the cover” to address youth violence without confronting the gun lobby, said Mannard, whose group’s board of directors included (US Education Secretary Arne) Duncan until he left for his current post.

The administration defended its record.

“President Obama is committed to combating violence on our streets and in our schools, both in Chicago -- which has been particularly hard hit -- and around the nation,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said in a statement. “The administration has focused on the issue of youth violence from the outset.”

The beating death of Albert, 16, an honor student, renewed outrage and prompted a call to action in a city where 398 students were shot in the past 12 months, said Monique Bond, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Public Schools. Four teens have been charged in connection with Albert’s killing.

See, if we only had railroad tie control, and a nationwide ban of solid oak ties, Derrion Albert would be alive today.

By Barbarossa at 09:16 AM | Comments |