When I last discussed the shooting of Dwyane Wade’s counsin, Nykea Aldridge, I said I was afraid that Wade would become just another anti gun celebrity. Well… he did.
The NBA star said fiercer gun laws will help the police, and continues to have partnerships with law enforcement. Wade will hold an event in Miami later this month to promote cycling safety and unity in the community — and police officers plan to join him on the six-mile bike ride. “They are fighting a war,” Wade said of Chicago police. “And they can do a lot better, but they can get more help as well to do better. There’s other cities that have way tougher gun laws. We have weak gun laws.”
I want to know what weak gun laws in Chicago Wade is talking about?
Illinois requires a permit to own a gun, called a FOID, and the most restrictive shall issue CCW permit in the country
Chicago has an assault weapons ban, high capacity magazine ban, and has so many gun free “safe passage” and 430 ILCS 66/65 (no CCW allowed) zones, that CCW in Chicago is almost impossible (trust me, I lived there).
But this has nothing to do with Chicago gun laws.
The two men that shot his cousin were known gang members and felons, one on parole for gun crimes, who were trying to kill the driver of a car, when Ms. Aldridge got caught in the crossfire. One of the shooters had a court ordered ankle monitor, but was allowed to take it off to look for work.
The police superintendent said the judicial system needs to demand more accountability for people convicted of gun offenses. “This tragedy isn’t just noteworthy just because Ms. Aldridge has a famous family member,” Johnson said. “It’s noteworthy because these two offenders are prime examples of the challenge we face in Chicago with repeat gun offenders who don’t care who they shoot, don’t care whose life they take and clearly, clearly don’t fear the consequences of their actions.”
The Chicago Police Superintendent hit the nail on the head. It’s not the gun laws, it is the culture of crime. But like I predicted, that is harder to fight do Wade is going to do the useless work of making this a gun control issue.