Supreme Court Overturns Chicago Gun Ban, After Spate of Shootings

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Yesterday the Supreme Court said the Second Amendment's gaurantee of the right to bear arms applies to state and local gun control laws, effectively overturning Chicago’s ban on handguns in a 5-4 decision. The ruling comes after two deadly weekends in Chicago, where over 80 people have been shot and 13 people killed in the city. For decades, Chicago’s homicide rates have soared above other U.S. cities. And gun control advocates worry that the recent Supreme Court case will escalate crime in the city and make Chicago the national epicenter of gun-related violence.

To better understand the impact of the recent spate of violence in Chicago, we talk with Spencer Leak Sr., the owner of Leak & Sons Funeral Home in Chicago's South Side. At 73-years-old, Leak is a life-long resident of Chicago and runs Black on Black Love, a local anti-crime organization countering teen violence.

Guests:

Spencer Leak, Sr.

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [7]

Tim P

AMEN, it is about the heart and minds of our youth. If Jesus Christ is left out of the lives of young men and women little hope exist that life holds any value. Turn your lives over to the Lord of creation and understand that your life will have new purpose.

Jun. 29 2010 09:55 PM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Ahhh, the beauty of live radio.

For some reason I don't think Hockenberry and Headlee expected the kind of discourse they were going to receive during Mr. Leak's interview.

Jun. 29 2010 09:44 AM
Judy from Chicago

Cook County, which includes Chicago, does not punish violent repeat offenders harshly enough. I blame the judges in Cook County and, by extension, the voters here, who don't educate themselves about the track records of judges.

Jun. 29 2010 09:10 AM
Deb from Colorado

While there is always a place in this world for one's religious beliefs, the mere act of becoming a Christian does not solve problems...there must be a plan.

A more pro-active solution seems to be in place in Chicago as evidenced in this article I saw on yahoo.com. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100628/ap_on_re_us/us_the100_percenters_abridged

This charter school took boys from the worst neighborhoods in Chicago and all of them in the class of 2010 are going to college.

Let's pray to whomever our diety is that this example takes hold in all of our cities. Through education and a belief that there is hope for a better future, change can happen.

Jun. 29 2010 09:03 AM
Mike from L.A.

[[Jason from New York
There is a gorilla in the room that no one wants to see.
Why do Black people kill Black people in the numbers that they do?
What is it about our condition that results in such disproportionate numbers? After all the indignities we have faced throughout history in this country, why is it that we must fear each other the most? Are we afraid to approach the subject in this manner?
Is it a legitimate question to ask? I think we need more than devine intervention.
From sagging pants to gansta/porno rap and bad hair weaves; what are we saying to the world? If a Black man in the White House isn't enough to turn us around, I don't know what will.

Jun. 29 2010 08:22 AM]]

...the root of the problem is the high school graduation rate for black males, which in many school systems is below 50 percent. Year after year, you are churning out thousands and thousands of men with no skills, no prospects and who lack the intellectual maturity to walk away from conflict.

Jun. 29 2010 08:31 AM
Jason from New York

There is a gorilla in the room that no one wants to see.
Why do Black people kill Black people in the numbers that they do?
What is it about our condition that results in such disproportionate numbers? After all the indignities we have faced throughout history in this country, why is it that we must fear each other the most? Are we afraid to approach the subject in this manner?
Is it a legitimate question to ask? I think we need more than devine intervention.
From sagging pants to gansta/porno rap and bad hair weaves; what are we saying to the world? If a Black man in the White House isn't enough to turn us around, I don't know what will.

Jun. 29 2010 08:22 AM
A guy in Chicago from Chicago

I think Mr. Leak got it exactly right. The decision by the Supreme Court will neither increase nor decrease the level of street crime in the city. But it might give some burglars and home invaders pause.

Blacks make up the bulk of shooting victims in the city. Any cop on the beat will tell you that the shooters also are black and that the shooter and victim usually live in the same neighborhood. If there's a shooting in South Deering, the shooter didn't ride two buses and a train from Uptown to get there.

Jun. 29 2010 08:02 AM

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