Monday, June 25, 2007

Oh the Irony – Jesse Jackson Arrested for Anti-Civil Rights Protest

Granted, no one on the far left side of the political spectrum these days seems to recognize that the Second Amendment refers to “the people” just the same as the First Amendment. Jesse Jackson clearly falls into that same reading comprehension challenged crowd. Rev. Jackson is the first to bring up the “Civil Rights” card anytime someone is discriminated against on the basis of race, yet completely ignores the fact that the right to “keep and bear arms” is just as fundamental a human right as recognized by the U.S. Constitution.

Rev. Jackson and a priest from Chicago’s south side, Michael Pfeger, have decided that not only does the Second Amendment not exist, but they have the right to criminally trespass for the express purpose of disrupting the business of a Riverdale gun store, Chuck’s Gun Shop.

According to an article from the Chicago Tribune:

"It was the third consecutive Saturday that Jackson and his supporters rallied in front of the gun shop at 14310 Indiana Ave. Gun sales are banned in Chicago, but Jackson said suburban stores offer city dwellers easy access to firearms.

"'The suburbs have surrounded the city with these gun shops,' he said. 'Jobs are going out, guns are coming in.' 'Chuck's becomes the poster boy for this issue,' Pfleger added. 'We need tougher gun laws so the kids are not dying in the streets."


First, the city of Chicago is in criminal violation of the U.S. Constitution for banning gun sales. Could you imagine the outcry if Catholicism were outlawed simply because the Italian mafia was largely Catholic? Yet the city seems to feel it can overlook the Second Amendment because it’s inconvenient to their “vision” and “agenda”.

As to tougher gun laws and their effect on crime – hasn’t worked so far, has it Rev. Jackson? If you want “kids” (and by this he generally refers to Chicago gang members) to stop “dying in the streets” you have to change the CULTURE. The guns aren’t the problem. The real problem is South side’s lack of quality education, lack of opportunity, rampant drug use, rampant gang activity, glorification of the “gangsta” image, objectification of women, NEED I GO ON!?!?!!??!? In short, if you want the “kids” to stop dying, you need a return to the values of hard work, honesty, and integrity.

The owner of the shop sought to go through the process with Jackson and Pfeger:

"I was going to explain to Jackson and Father Pfleger how to get a gun license and explain to them how the laws work, basically go through a regular sale with them," Riggio said.

However, at that point Jackson and his supporters sought to effectively close down the business:
“Riggio said he then told them they had to clear the doorway and signaled to the police to intervene.

“The police told Jackson and Pfleger that if they did not stop blocking the entrance they would be arrested, police and witnesses said.

“’[They] again refused, and both were taken into custody and charged with one count each of criminal trespass to property,’ according to the Riverdale police statement.”


So there you have it – if you don’t like the Second Amendment – apparently you have the “right” to close down a legal place of business. Personally I think Jackson and Pfleger should be charged with violating the civil rights of all of the customers in the building. Based on the recent DC gun ban decisions, the Courts have finally woken up and realized that the Second Amendment is an individual right, and Jackson and his supporters want to prevent people from exercising that right. He lives in a world where it’s okay to discriminate against you because you want to exercise your right to self defense, isn’t that as bad as saying someone can’t go to school or vote because they’re black???

Until next time!

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