Can Chicago Cite Parents When Their Kids Illegally Obtain A Gun?


Source:  Hot Air/Jazz Shaw

Chicago aldermen have suggested an innovative, though likely ill-fated law which would seek to hold parents accountable if their children wind up in possession of an illegal firearm. With a murder rate which is completely out of control and a Mayor who seems powerless to do anything about it, solutions are obviously needed. But would this work? At least one community leader thinks it’s worth a try. (CBS Chicago)

Should parents be held responsible if their child gets a hold of a gun? Yes, says one Chicago alderman, who has introduced an ordinance…

Ward 15 Ald. Raymond Lopez has introduced an ordinance that calls on parents to play a role in addressing gun violence and holding them accountable with a citation if they know their kid has a gun and doesn’t report it.

“Hopefully this ordinance will start the conversation about having people start paying attention to what’s going on in their children’s bedrooms, who they are hanging out with and what they are doing when they’re out on the street,” Lopez tells CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar.

I didn’t want to start off by dumping cold water all over this idea because I would honestly love to see it work. We’ve discussed urban gang violence here for years, and one of the few conclusions which seem definitive is that real change won’t happen unless it begins with the families, the churches and community leaders driving a generational shift in attitudes toward gang violence and tolerance of criminal activity. That’s obviously far easier said than done, but any sincere efforts at the grassroots level to begin that process should be embraced.



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