Anti-Gun Leftists Assert Civil Right to Deny Others Their Constitutional Rights

This story epitomizes the twisted farce leftists have made of the concept of rights:

We at the NRA have seen a lot of strange legal theories asserted by gun control advocates over the years, but a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by a group of Chicagoans still managed to distinguish itself in this dubious tradition by asserting that the plaintiffs have a “civil right” to specific forms of gun control. The basis of the lawsuit is a May 27, 2014 “study” published by the City of Chicago entitled, “Tracing the Guns: The Impact of Illegal Guns on Violence in Chicago.”

The report finds that a disproportionate number of guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago from 2009 to 2013 originated at gun shops in the three suburban villages being sued. Of course, it’s hardly surprising that most Chicago guns used in crime originated outside the city, as sales of firearms within the city itself (as well as mere possession of handguns) were unconstitutionally banned for much of the reporting period covered by the study.

The complaint in Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities v. Village of Riverdale alleges that the Illinois Civil Rights Act prohibits local units of government from using “criteria or methods of administration” that have “the effect of subjecting individuals to discrimination because of that person’s race.” The plaintiffs go on to insist that the three Chicago suburbs being sued have violated this provision of law by failing to enact policies for gun dealers that the plaintiffs claim would prevent dangerous guns from reaching criminal hands. This, the plaintiffs argue, has “a disparate and terrible impact on African Americans who live in neighborhoods afflicted by such illegal gun use ….” The plaintiffs also claim that illegal gun use in their neighborhoods leads others in African American neighborhoods “to seek and obtain guns,” including by legal means, which they argue leads to “a high level of disorder and violent crime” that makes their neighborhoods a less desirable place to live.

Good thing they are liberals. Otherwise it would be racist to imply that blacks are more likely to put guns to criminal use.

The plaintiffs request the court to order defendants “to put in place by ordinance or regulation the kind of measures or methods of administration … set forth in the City of Chicago’s own municipal code to replace or supersede the current lax methods of administration or licensing of dealers ….”

That is, they demand that the leftists running Chicago have jurisdiction over the surrounding suburbs.

According to this state of the art liberal legal theory, you now have a “civil right” to deny the citizens of surrounding communities of their constitutional rights, because RACISM.

Unsurprisingly, the plaintiffs in the suit include radical priest Michael Pfleger, whom Obama has cited as one of his closest “spiritual advisors.”

Moonbat legal thinking quickly degenerates into absurdity. No matter; when they have achieved their utopia, no laws will be needed because they will rule by decree.

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Pfleger and a comparably holy colleague.

On a tip from DinaRehn. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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