I just spent two hours jumping through hoops to get our cars licensed in our adopted state down here in Dixie. Actually, it was a longer process than that. See, Angie and I first had to get new driver’s licenses; to do so, we had to present our Social Security Cards. Unfortunately, Angie had laminated hers years ago … a no-go in our new state. So, after that rigamarole, and the additional rigarmarole of transferring insurance, and getting certified copies of other documents, we made it to the courthouse where, in addition to filling out all sorts of paperwork, our cars were inspected by a Deputy.
The cost of the new plates was literally a fraction of what they would have been in our quondam home, the LOL. But – after showing the Deputy my retirement badge so I could speak frankly – I observed aloud, “Damn! You guys make it kinda hard to register a vehicle, eh?”
He laughed, and confided, “Well (he pronounced it ‘wail’), we make it kinda hard to discourage the riff-raff from moving here from Illinois.”
A prime example of Illinois riff-raff would be Chicago Police Chief Garry F. McCarthy. Over the weekend, this sad excuse for a cop opined that Second Amendment supporters are guilty of corruption and of endangering public safety:
The embattled police chief — who previously blamed “government-sponsored racism” and Sarah Palin for Chicago’s gun-related violence, and who once said the Second Amendment itself was a threat to the nation’s security, according to a report by Red State — also said judges and lawmakers should focus more on public opinion polls when considering constitutional matters, the ISRA reported.
On Sunday, Superintendent McCarthy also said the Second Amendment does, in fact, allow for governments and police agencies to impose mandatory liability insurance requirements on gun owners, and that GPS tracking devices can be lawfully affixed to firearms sold to civilians, according to the ISRA.
From my long experience in law enforcement, I have learned there are two kinds of police chiefs: those who reach the top through dedication and honorable conduct, and those who are placed there by the politicians they have ingratiated themselves to. My guess would be that Chief McCarthy represents the latter, the sort of fellow who has worn knee-pads his entire career.
Place GPS devices on individual firearms, so the police can track them? Either Chicago hires delusional schizophrenics as police chiefs, or McCarthy’s ravings are just another example of his sucking up to his political masters. No sane or reasonable person would suggest such a thing, let alone rant about it on a Chicagoland talk show.
Make no mistake, McCarthy’s bosses – including that illustrious ballerina and veteran of the Obama White House, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – really do believe such things: that firearms are evil, that those who own them are worse than evil, and that it is the responsibility of Government to punish not just those who own guns, but those who would even consider owning a gun. Such irrational beliefs are prima facie evidence of a severe mental disorder … or should be, anywhere besides the LOL.
The press often refers to Chief McCarthy as “embattled”, probably because of his Tourette’s Syndrome-like propensity for blurting out inappropriate things at the worst possible moments. You get the feeling he’s too damn crazy even for the likes of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. If so, he may be retiring soon.
He should probably stay north of the Mason-Dixon line when he retires. I doubt they’d give him a set of license plates if he moved south.