Father Pfleger’s Selective Reasoning

Father Pfleger's Selective Reasoning

Close observers of gun politics might be surprised to learn that decades-long Chicago gun control advocate and Catholic priest Father Michael Pfleger is in fact capable of some logic. An Agence France-Press piece ​on the continuing violence in Chicago amidst the COVID-19 lockdown shared Pfleger’s thoughts on the Windy City’s crime problem. Eschewing the notion that the ongoing lockdown could have ever stemmed the violence, AFP reported,"Pfleger argued that someone who was prepared to commit murder was unlikely to be too bothered about observing a stay-at-home order." Pfleger’s key insight will be familiar to gun rights supporters. Second Amendment activists have long understood that gun laws do not stop violent criminals. Simple logic dictates that an individual willing to commit criminal violence will give little thought to violating gun control laws. In bumpersticker form, this reads: When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Despite Illinois’s stringent gun control laws, Chicago criminals have little trouble securing firearms. A 2015 study published in Preventative Medicine titled, "Sources of guns to dangerous people: What we learn by asking them​," queried inmates in the Cook County Jail about where they obtained firearms. The overwhelming source was "family, fellow gang members, or other social connections​." Discussing the efficacy of Illinois’s firearms licensing system, an inmate opined, "All they need is one person who got a gun card in the ‘hood’and everybody got one.”​In fact, the authorities can’t even keep guns out of the Cook County jail . It’s unfortunate that this simple […]

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