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Daley rallies mayors to urge Supreme Court to uphold Chicago handgun ban

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mayor daley, nutter newsome.jpeg Mayor Daley flanked by Philadelphia Mayor Nutter (L) and San Francisco Mayor Newsom (photo by Lynn Sweet)

mayor daley evanston.jpeg Mayor Daley and Evanston Mayor Tisdahl, left in white jacket (photo by Lynn Sweet)

WASHINGTON--Mayor Daley revved up a coalition of mayors on Thursday to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Chicago's handgun ordinance in the wake of the National Rifle Association challenge to be argued on March 2.

"For many years, the City of Chicago has had strong handgun laws in place.

The gun industry's challenge to our handgun laws has already been dismissed by two federal courts and now they have taken their case to the US Supreme Court," Daley said at a press conference at the U.S. Conference of mayors. Daley was flanked by about 20 mayors who filed friend of the court briefs supporting the Chicago ban, including Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

"This summer, the Court will decide whether Chicago's guns laws are constitutional. The case could affect or open the door to countless -- and needless -- legal challenges to local and state gun laws across the country. Today, we stand here on behalf of the people of Chicago and the United States who have been victims of gun violence, on behalf of their families and loved ones and on behalf of all those who believe Chicago's current gun law is constitutional," Daley said.

Daley added later, "America rose up about smoking...why can't we have America rise up against gun violence?"

"This is about real leadership, standing up to the National Rifle Association," Daley said.

"He's been right on this issue for many years," said Tisdahl. "I believe we have the right to determine what will keep our young people safe."

Newsom said mayors have enormous responsibility and "self-determination should be afforded those who are accountable for the people they represent."

Nutter said, "There is no reason to have an m-16 in an urban environment/. The NRA is out of control."

Below, text of Mayor Daley's remarks on the National Rifle Association challenge to Chicago's handgun ban, delivered at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, followed by briefing sheet on friend of the court filings and lists of other supporters of the Chicago and Oak Park handgun bans. UPDATED.Backgrounder on Evanston....

Gun violence across America is a national disgrace.

In one year on average, more than 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun.

Americans of all backgrounds and from every part of our nation -- big cities and small, urban and rural -- needlessly lose their lives because guns are too easily available in our society.

On college campuses, in malls, on our streets and in homes across our nation, gun violence has tragically ended the lives of people who were just going about their everyday lives.

The victims are our mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters -- and our children.

Last year, 82 percent of Chicago's homicides were committed with a gun.

Just this week in Virginia eight people were killed by gun violence, the worst mass shooting there since Virginia Tech in 2007.

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King Daley and his band of merry men need to understand that "gun violence" is caused by criminals who will get guns and other weapons despite whatever laws are passed.

By banning guns, ammunition, enacting taxes, and filing frivolous lawsuits against lawful dealers of firearms and ammunition, they only endanger the law-abiding citizens of Chicago and the rest of the Great State of Illinois. Criminals, by definition, are not going to obey whatever laws are passed.

Criminals look for the easy path - that means, go where ever your target is going to be unarmed. This puts the law-abiding citizens at risk because the Police have no duty to respond, may be unable to respond, and when precious seconds count - one needs to be able to defend oneself against an attacker.

It's been proven time and again, that when concealed carry permits shall issue, that violence and criminal activity of all types drops markedly. What criminal wants to take the chance that the mark may be armed? A busload of armed citizens is a strong deterrent against a criminal attempting to effect a robbery or other act. A bank full of armed citizens is going to prevent a rash of bank robberies. A convenience store full of armed citizens is going to prevent stickups. A parking lot of armed citizens is going to prevent children from being kidnapped. A mall full of armed citizens prevents lunatics from doing harm to mass numbers of citizens. A college classroom full of armed citizens prevents crazed individuals from treating his fellow classmates like human targets. An army base full of armed service members and citizens prevents a terrorist from running amok. And so on - WE, The People, have the absolute right to stand our ground, defend ourselves and our loved ones against attack by all invaders and criminals - foreign and domestic. King Daley and his band of merry men would take that ability away from you, claim they have no responsibility to defend you personally, and then surround themselves with armed guards to protect them.

Say no to the unconstitutional actions of King Daley and his band of merry men. Say yes to the reason and common sense of the Constitutions of Illinois and The United States of America.

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