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While Chicago may have finally set aside their disastrous handgun ban once and for all in 2014, it will be decades before the effects of that 30 year nightmare are gone.

When the Windy City made it illegal to own a handgun, only those who were obeying the law were forced to unarm themselves.  After all, the lawless know no bounds, and illegal handguns flourished in Chicago.  Gangs became ever more powerful as well, with their street soldiers often armed to the teeth.  With no resistance from an unarmed public, these organized drug gangs were able to suffocate the city and its law abiding citizens.

This societal SNAFU is still affecting the good people of Chicago as well, with a recently tragic incident involving an ATF agent ending in bloodshed.  Good news arrived today, however, in two separate incidents.

The federal agent who was shot in the face last week in the Back of the Yards neighborhood has been released from the hospital, officials announced Wednesday.

The agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was working undercover with Chicago police near 44th Street and Hermitage Avenue about 3:15 a.m. Friday when someone fired shots from a gangway. The agent, who is in his late 20s, suffered a gunshot wound near one of his eyes and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. His condition was later stabilized.

And, on top of that

Investigators arrested Ernesto “Ernie” Godinez, 27, on Monday — three days after he allegedly gunned down a federal agent in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.

“Violent assaults on law enforcement agents working to make the community safer will not be tolerated,” said U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to holding such offenders accountable, as are our local, state, and Federal law enforcement partners, whose tireless investigation to identify and locate the defendant after the shooting made this prosecution possible.”

Investigators said security footage from three separate cameras captures Godinez, co-leader of the Almighty Saints, approaching the corner of West 44th Street and South Hermitage Avenue around 3:15 a.m. May 4, just minutes before a city police scanner detected seven gunshots in the same area. The same cameras show Godinez fleeing the scene back towards his residence a block away.

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Godinez is believed to be intimately involved with the known drug gang “The Almighty Saints”.

When Chicago enacted their handgun ban, they were enabling men such as Godinez.  He and his cohorts had long felt invincible in a Chicago that catered heavily to the murderers, drug dealers, and other wretched scum of society.  Now, as that slowly changes, we can only hope and pray that no more good Chicagoans will have to suffer through the wait.

 

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