Gun Advocate Contests McCarthy’s Charge of Racist Gun Laws


A pro-gun advocate called Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's racially loaded attack on the National Rifle Association as “too nutty to dignify with a response” and denigrated the city's new police chief as a “political hack.” Federal gun laws supported by the NRA amount to “government-sponsored racism” because they help channel weapons into inner-city areas that then get used to kill “black and brown children,” McCarthy told parishioners recently, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

“As much as we wouldn't expect to hear McCarthy speak in opposition to gun control, it is equally certain that few of us were prepared to hear what actually came from McCarthy's mouth,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. Pearson accused McCarthy of a “racially charged tirade in which he accused the NRA and law-abiding gun owners of participating in a government-sponsored program to kill black people.” Pearson, who is helping push a drive to allow Illinoisans to carry concealed weapons, said McCarthy's statement constituted “an affront to law-enforcement officers everywhere.”

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