Friday, February 17, 2006
The Chicago Police Department reminds me of Maxwell Smart!
Do you remember Maxwell Smart from the TV spy-spoof series called Get Smart? The late actor, Don Adams played the lead role. His scene scripts often went like this:
Cmdr. Drury: Smart, you appear to be in pretty good shape, do you work out?
Maxwell Smart: I jog one hundred miles every day! Would you believe it? One hundred miles!
Cmdr. Drury: I find that hard to believe.
Maxwell Smart: Would you believe fifty?
Cmdr. Drury: No!
Maxwell Smart: How about two push-ups and a deep breath?
It seems that the Chicago Police department have since revised their claims about yesterday’s gun raid. Officer Kristina Schuler told the Chicago Tribune that instead of seizing 300 guns they actually only have 276.
They’ve now named the gun collector at the heart of the story as, James R. Patrick, 63. Gone are the claims he was selling his collection to street gangs. Those claims were the basis of probable cause needed to obtain the search warrant from a judge. My guess is the “tips” to police were manufactured but the judges appointed by the gun-hating, Mayor Daley don’t seem to care.
Chicago police officials are still are claiming (I think hoping is a better word here) that they believe he two of the firearms might violate federal law. I predict that ATF authorities will examine those two items and Patrick will be vindicated.
So far the results of this major raid and arrest were predictable based of the CPD’s gun enforcement history.
The gun-collector James Patrick is only facing the pissy-little charges from the city’s Municipal Code that carry a maximum penalty of up to $500 or imprisonment of no more than 90 days.
This case will take years off Patrick’s life, as the City of Chicago moves to destroy a significant portion of his life savings and Patrick’s good name in the process. So much for the Constitutional Right, to Keep and Bear Arms in Mayor Daley’s Chicago.