Lawsuit Against Cities Near Chicago, for Black Crime in Chicago is Struck Down

by Dean Weingarten

Race Baiters Priest Michael Pfleger and Jessie Jackson
Race Baiters Priest Michael Pfleger and Jessie Jackson
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- A bizarre lawsuit, filed by the reliably leftist Rev. Michael Pfleger, was dismissed by Cook County judge Franklin Valderrama on February 25th. Other leftist activists had joined Rev. Pfleger in filing the lawsuit against three municipalities outside of Chicago.  From chicagotribune.com:

A lawsuit filed by Rev. Michael Pfleger and a group of activists last year that said lax local gun laws in Lincolnwood were to blame when guns sold by the town’s only firearms dealer ended up at Chicago crime scenes has been dismissed by a Cook County judge.

The lawsuits tried to make the claim that black people could not be trusted with guns, as though the guns used by criminals were responsible for the criminal actions. From the lawsuit(pdf):

Plaintiff Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities and the individual plaintiffs Reverend Robin Hood, Father Michael Pfleger, Louvenia Hood, Annette Nance-Holt and Pamela Montgomery-Bosley, who are members of the Coalition and residents of the Chicago neighborhoods most afflicted by illegal gun use bring this action under the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 (ICRA) against the defendant local governments for allowing gun shops in their respective jurisdictions to sell guns in a manner that disproportionately jeopardizes the lives of African Americans, causes mental anguish and distress and diminishes the value of their homes  and other property.

All of the bad things that are mentioned, lives jeopardised, mental anguish and distress, and diminished property values, come about because of black people committing crimes against other black people in Chicago.   There is virtually no white on black crime in Chicago’s black neighborhoods.

If the crime in areas surrounding Chicago were as great, there would be no disproportionate effect. The lawsuit acknowledges that in areas where guns are more easily obtained than in Chicago, the crime rate is much lower.

Rev. Pfleger is a Roman Catholic Priest known for his often outrageous statements. Rev. Pfleger said:

“It’s sad to me that the judge cares more about the rights of the (gun) stores than the rights of the people, especially when we’re dealing with the proliferation of guns during the highest rise in violence in Chicago since the 1990s,” Pfleger said.

Pfleger’s statement is irrational on its face.  Gun stores do not have rights; the people who own gun stores have rights.  Taking away the rights of people who own gun stores does not prevent criminals from obtaining guns.  If guns were the problem, why doesn’t the easier access to legal guns in the municipalities surrounding Chicago lead to the high crime rates that exist in Chicago?

Everyone knows the answer, but political correctness forbids them from saying it.  It is because there are a lot of criminals in Chicago!  There are a lot of criminals in Chicago, because the policies of Chicago and “progressives” have created situations that fosters crime and impedes legal activities.  Single parent families foster crime.  Scapegoating others for your life fosters crime by removing personal responsibility.  Claiming that inanimate objects, such as guns, cause crime, rather than people, fosters crime by removing responsibility for one’s actions.

Crime causes poverty at least as much, probably more, than poverty causes crime.  Father Pfleger has the causality arrow reversed in many of his assumptions about reality.

The lawsuit is a bizarre attempt to find a way around the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).  The act was designed to stop the frivolous lawsuits against the manufactures of firearms.  The lawsuits were never designed to win in court; rather to have lawsuits paid for by government entities become so frequent as to bankrupt firearm manufactures.

One of the provisions of the PLCAA is that people who file lawsuits and lose, have to pay the lawyers fees of the parties that they sued.  This effectively shut down most frivolous lawsuits.

This is the reason for the Pfleger lawsuit targeting municipalities.  As the lawsuit does not go after firearms manufactures, it does not fall under the PLCAA.

It has many other problems, not the least of which is that it attempts to destroy the Constitutional order.  But it has one tremendous advantage as far a Rev. Pfleger is concerned: He will not have to pay for the frivolous court costs that he engendered.

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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.

  • 17 thoughts on “Lawsuit Against Cities Near Chicago, for Black Crime in Chicago is Struck Down

    1. “The lawsuits tried to make the claim that black people could not be trusted with guns,” NRA promotes the idea that black people can’t be trusted with guns, not Father Pfleger. NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde put Duty to Inform in Illinois’ 2013 carry bill, NOT Pfleger, NOT Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The anti-gun police unions wanted to shoot down a few blacks with legal cover, so Vandermyde handed them DTI on a platter.

      The ONLY state Reps. who opposed Duty to Inform in Rep. Brandon Phelps HB183 “NRA backed” carry bill were “Chicago Machine” Black Caucus Reps. There’s a rat in the (State) House, and it’s name is Todd Vandermyde. Time for Chris Cox & Chuck Cunningham to fumigate Illinois and clean up the scum that sold out Otis McDonald.

      1. First thing the NRA stands for every law abiding citizens right to carry and own firearms
        There God give right to own a weapon to protect and defend themselves and the Second Amendment.
        It is not the RNA’s fault that blacks commit 90 percent of the gun violence in America and nether is the fault of all the law abiding black people in America. It is the black leaders that refuse to acknowledge the facts and take action because they are getting rich pushing racism.

        1. Whaddacrock; I read the lead and had to get up and walk around my chair and read it again, I thought the Bernie Sanders Socialist for POTUS was amusing but the NRA being against anyone except felons and psychopaths. I contend that anyone that kills for any reason except self defense of protection of Home and country should not be recognized member of society, I don’t care if you are White, Black or Purple.

      2. You state, “NRA promotes the idea that black people can’t be trusted with guns…” Can you cite, anywhere in the written literature of the planet Earth, where I might find that? Or do you just make stuff up?

      3. DTI can only come into play AFTER thew Chicago hood black guy gets his gun. Further, it has nothing to do with whether those carrying (lawfully or otherwise_ observe all other laws. If one is not up to no good, the DTI laws are of no signficance. If someone IS up to no good, DTI will be useless. Coopper accosts suspicious person, SP does not inform as lar requires, cop STILL does not know whether the guy is armed or not.. UNTIL he lawfully detains then searches. If an unanounced weapon surfaces he has NO reason not to arrest on the face of this law. Had the guy declared, no foul.. unless the “make” reveals his felon or other disabled status. Then Copper has TWO charges to lay. DTI is not germane to this discussion. CRawl back into your hidey hole under the basement steps. Oh, and turn the light out.

      4. ChicagoGuy –

        Illinois does NOT have a duty to inform. DTI is defined as having to declare carrying a weapon without being asked first. In Illinois, the police have to ask, there is no duty to inform. By the way, to support your claim, how many blacks (or white or latinos) have been gunned down in Chicago by police where the perp had a concealed carry license? Hint: 0.

        Do you know what concealed carry was like before the NRA helped lobby for the law? There was no legal concealed carry at all. The only state in the nation.

        Get a life, junior, and send better trolls.

    2. This Chicago Guy moron never misses a chance to trash the NRA ! I won’t even try to guess what this idiot means,who cares ? Stay in Chicago,sh*t for brains !

    3. Catholic pagan goat priest….. filthy dirty pagan….

      AND WHO WOULDNT WANT TO PUNCH JESSE IN THE FACE….ALOT

    4. Father Flaky, Jesse ‘The King of Beers’ Jackson, Obama, Valarie Jarret and not to mention that total creep Steve Harvey are some of the most despicable people who have ever lived!

    5. cities within 15 miles of Chicago, Cicero, Stickney, Oak Park, Berwyn, Forest View, North Riverside, Riverside, Lyons, Hometown, River Forest…all combined they dont have a fraction of the crime Chicago has, gun control dont work in Chicago, what makes them think it will work else where?..instead of looking at Chicagos failed program, perhaps Chicago should look at the other citys program

      1. Chicago needs to copmply with the court orders to make it possible for the PEOPLE or Chicago to arm themse.ves They wtill aresandbagging on that, making it near impossible for anyone in Chicago to lawfully carry on their Chicago permit they can’t get. The local gangbangers artain the mindset that noone in Chicago are armed. That Uber driver lived in, and had his Mother May I Card, from a nearby city. The gangbangers never suspected he’d be armed. Surprised them all to pieces….. the folks on the stoop were sure glad!!

    6. A little off topic, but Chicago police should just leave town and go to work somewhere else. Let the thugs take each other down.

    7. This guy certainly is not a good representative of the catholic church, but then the socialist pope leaves something to be desired as well.

    8. “The lawsuits tried to make the claim that black people could not be trusted with guns, as though the guns used by criminals were responsible for the criminal actions.”
      Funny, one of the past leaders of the NAASCP Kweisi Mfume also said black people weren’t responsible enough to own guns.
      So too did the Democrats 200 years ago as they were passing what we now know of as “Jim Crow laws”.

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