Meet Toni Preckwinkle.
Toni is buddies with gun grabbers, such as those with Moms Demand Action.
The measure, which came the same day the Chicago City Council voted 46-0 to approve a ban on so-called assault weapons and tougher fines for shootings near schools, came under immediate criticism.
The County Board also approved its own assault weapons ban, calling for fines of up to $10,000 for repeat offenders, and up to six months in jail. That ban applies to all Cook County municipalities that do not have stricter ordinances on their books.
“We must do what we can to stem the tide of gun violence and keep weapons with high levels of destructive capability out of circulation,” County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.
And then there’s this:
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle lauded the passage by the Cook County Board today of an ordinance requiring firearm owners to report the sale, loss, theft, destruction or transfer of firearms. Individuals who sell, lose, destroy, transfer or have their firearm stolen in the County, are now required to report it to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office within 48 hours. Firearm owners will be required to report the make, model and serial number of the firearm, along with the date and location of purchase. Individuals who fail to comply will be subject to a $1,000 fine for the first violation. The fine will be $1,500 for each gun on the second offense and $2,000 for each subsequent violation. Cook County’s ordinance complements legislation proposed by the city of Chicago. The County and City are working together to increase coordination, step up enforcement and reduce the flow of guns on our streets. “This ordinance is an important step to ensure that guns purchased legally do not wind up in the hands of criminals,” President Preckwinkle said. “We are giving law enforcement the additional tools they need to reduce the number of guns purchased legally that are used in shootings. This is part of a comprehensive effort to stop the violence plaguing our neighborhoods.” Practically speaking, the ordinance deters straw purchasers, protects rightful owners of firearms from being implicated in crimes, and prevents these deadly weapons from getting into the wrong hands, said Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-7th), who co-sponsored the ordinance. The ordinance goes into effect in August 2013.
How swell. Well, Toni has a little problem today.
The Sun-Times’ 75-word news item, published in the sleepy overnight hours of July 27, was easy to miss. An off-duty Cook County Forest Preserves police officer had been attacked that morning in Hyde Park by a man who got out of an SUV and then fled the scene, the paper reported, citing an unspecified police agency.
But CWBChicago has learned that the Forest Preserves police officer was actually an on-duty member of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s personal security team. And the seemingly minor dust-up described by police was really an armed robbery in which the assailant got away with the cop’s gun.
Fast forward (part of article linked above):
Vogel said the Chicago Police Department is in charge of investigating last week’s officer-involved shooting. A CPD spokesperson confirmed that the department is handling the probe.
But Vogel did not explain why the Forest Preserves did not inform the public about the incident before we brought it to light. Preckwinkle’s office did not respond to requests for information and comment.
Hours after we published our report, Preckwinkle acknowledged to reporters during an unrelated conference call that she knew about the officer-involved shooting because she was home when it happened. The gunfire was so close, it made her windows shake, she said. However, when a reporter asked why officials did not inform the public about the incident earlier, she dodged the question.
Gun grabbing politicians, am I right?