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By Dean Weingarten

Guns Confiscated by Police

Guns Confiscated by Police on Display

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Arizona - -(  Chicago Police Chief McCarthy was recently involved in a bit of agit-prop produced by NBCChicago.  In the video, he makes the following comment:

“We’ve recovered more than 6,500 guns so far in 2013, and every year, for I don’t know how long, the Chicago Police Department has recovered more guns than any police department in the country,”

This is pure Orwellian newspeak. Almost none of the guns that he is referencing were actually “recovered“. Recovered implies that they were returned to their rightful owners. However, very few of the 6,500 guns were returned to their rightful owners.

In many cases, they were taken from their rightful owners. Chicago is still in the process of starting to follow the rule of law and honor the the highest law in the land, the U.S. Constitution and the second amendment. The proper terms that Chief McCarthy could have used were: confiscated, impounded, or simply, seized.

But those terms would have made what is happening all too clear. The police are confiscating guns from people. Sometimes, they are justified in doing so, sometimes, they are not. But they are not recovering the guns. To say so is to imply that everything belongs to the state, and that individuals are simply allowed to “borrow” things for a while, until the government “recovers” them.

It is classic Orwellian newspeak.

©2013 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973.  He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 4 User comments to “Orwellian Gun Quote of the Day: Chicago Police Chief McCarthy ~ ‘Recover Guns’”

    1. Guys like McCarthy are not cops, they’re political puppets echoing the “party line”. I thank God I’m no longer in the business of policing. Imagine enforcing some of the “gun laws” that are coming out legislatures all across this country. Magazine capacity size limits deter crime? LOL Let’s bring “Capital Punishment” back!

    2. Oh, they have… They brought it back in the form of militarised SWAT teams that shoot your dogs and kill you in the middle of the night through blitzkrieg tactics.
      Legalized home invasion.

    3. Dr. Strangelove on December 24, 2013 at 6:44 AM said:

      Glad I moved out of IL.

    4. hippybiker on December 25, 2013 at 7:24 PM said:

      McCarthy is a drunken retread from Hudson County New Jersey. I am also glad I got out of IL.

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