When we moved from Chicago to north Texas back in 2002, I have to admit to some mixed feelings. On the one hand, there was conservatism, no gun-prohibition laws, non-intrusive state government, no union bullshit, no Communist representation in the U.S. House; and on the other hand: all the above.
But there was this, the dawn view from our apartment in Lakeview:
…and the view to the south (it was a 10th floor corner apartment):
…and let’s not forget the Chicago River (view of my office window, back when I worked downtown):
But time has passed, and now we have shit like this:
Deerfield Sen. Julie Morrison introduced Senate Bill 107 on Wednesday. It would prohibit a range of rifles, pistols and shotguns and require every such weapon in the state to be registered with the Illinois State Police. Owners would pay a $25 fee for that registration. A person found in possession of one of the prohibited weapons without registration could face a Class 3 felony, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years and a $25,000 fine.
In other words, you have to register your “illegal” rifle in order to be grandfathered into “forgiveness” of your “crime” — and in return the state of Illinois would promise, cross its heart, never to come and confiscate said rifle in the future.
Now I am glad I left (and tossed my Illinois Firearm Owner ID — the hated FOID card — into the Mississippi River on my way down to Texas) — and not for the first time, either.
I could live with the freezing winters, I could even live with the Commie Bitch In The House (Jan Schakowsky). But as for the rest? Fuck that.