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We’re back in the wacky state of Illinois again this week, as The Land of Lincoln attempts to get a real grasp on what freedom is all about.

You see, over the course of the last three and a half decades, much of Illinois was under siege by a number of criminal gangs who reigned as de facto kings of the city thanks to their access to the Second Amendment.  In Chicago, between 1982 and 2014, law-abiding citizens were not carrying handguns of any sort thanks to the city’s inexcusable “ban” on such weapons.

That meant, the only ones in Chicago exercising their Second Amendment rights were the criminals, who now had the upper hand on the populace at large, who had no right to bear arms.  Chaos ensued.

Chicago’s murder rate is far worse now than it was during the city’s most notorious crime era, Al Capone’s “gangland,” when gun-control laws hardly existed, ABC reports.

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Leading up to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, there were 26 killings in January 1929. Yet, 42 people were killed in Chicago last month, catching the attention of Chicagoans, the White House and politicians nationwide.

If the current murder rate continues, February 2013 will far exceed February 1929, when there were 26 killings, including the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

The first national firearms act, which wasn’t signed until 1934, required approval of the local police chief, federally registered fingerprints, federal background check and a $200 tax, ABC reports. However, gun control ceased to exist during Mr. Capone’s heyday in the Roaring ‘20s.

Chicago has the strictest gun-control laws in the country. “Assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines are completely banned, and up until a 2010 Supreme Court decision, handguns were banned, too.

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Now, years later, the people of Illinois are still fighting to have their rights fully restored, with one daycare operator in the state now taking her complaint to court.

The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on behalf of two Prairie State residents, alleging deprivation of civil rights under color of law.

Joining in the lawsuit on behalf of individual plaintiffs Jennifer J. and Darin E. Miller are the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) and Illinois Carry (IC). They are represented by Glen Ellyn attorney David Sigale. Named as a defendants in the case are Beverly J. Walker, in her official capacity as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS), and state Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, contends that Mr. and Mrs. Miller have been denied their rights because IDCFS policy:

“substantially prohibits day care home licensees, and those who would be day care home licensees, from the possession of firearms for the purpose of self-defense, which violates Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights under the Second Amendment.”

If The Prairie State keeps this up, we may have to dedicate a whole columnist to their shenanigans.


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