By Dean Weingarten
“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.
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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.