Cook County (IL) Commissioner Larry Suffredin, one of the most vocal enemies of private gun ownership in the Chicago area (and that's saying something), lost his bid in last Tuesday's primary to become the Democratic candidate for Cook County State's Attorney. While, as ISRA reports, this is good news, it's not unadulterated good news.
As it happens, the winner of the Democratic primary, Anita Alvarez, is no prize for gun owners, either. In fact, she is anything but.
Any doubts about that can be quickly dispelled by watching this video of her Dec. 9th interview on "Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz" (a Chicago area political talk show on cable TV). It's a half-hour program, with the gun issue not brought up until very near the end, so some might prefer to watch just that segment, rather than the whole thing in the above link, so here it is truncated to just the relevant portion:
Then again, some might just prefer to read a transcript:
So, an aspiring State's Attorney who "doesn't believe" in part of the Bill of Rights--not exactly encouraging.
Jeff Berkowitz: You’ve heard the saying, “More guns, Less crime.”
Anita Alvarez, Chief Deputy to State’s Attorney Dick Devine: Um-um.
Jeff Berkowitz: Make sense to you?
Anita Alvarez, Candidate for State’s Attorney, Democratic Primary: More guns, less crime?
Jeff Berkowitz: Yes, [the book with that title by] John Lott. Criminals…if they are in an area like Chicago where it is illegal to what, own a handgun?
Anita Alvarez (D-River Forest): Yes, it is.
Jeff Berkowitz: A bad guy goes up to a good guy and if the good guy is following the law, the bad guy knows the good guy doesn’t have a gun, and the bad guy has kind of an advantage. If [on the other hand], the bad guy thinks the good guy does own a gun, he is going to be more careful. Do you think that makes sense?
Anita Alvarez: No, I think—I believe in gun control. I believe less guns is better.
Jeff Berkowitz: And, you believe…people in Chicago not being allowed to own a handgun is fine.
Anita Alvarez: Yes.
Jeff Berkowitz: And, if somebody is in a home that is in an area that is somewhat crime ridden, and he would like to own a gun to protect himself (or herself) in his house, you say, “Nope, you don’t get to.”
Anita Alvarez: No, not at all [he should not own a gun].
Jeff Berkowitz: Call the police, they’ll get there in time, right?
Anita Alvarez: Well, that’s right. I don’t believe that people should be able to---
Jeff Berkowitz: But, you know that police often won’t get there in time.
Anita Alvarez: Well, it happens, sometimes. But, I believe in stricter gun control.
Jeff Berkowitz: And, in these cases for women who are being battered by their husbands, they can’t own a gun; they sometimes can’t get a protective order, they can’t get the police there in time—your answer is? Tough?
Anita Alvarez: I still would not—
Jeff Berkowitz: Because you just told me as a female, you can identify with women and so forth—would you identify with a female in that kind of situation?
Anita Alvarez: No, I don’t think that anybody should own guns.
Jeff Berkowitz: So, no concealed carry?
Anita Alvarez: No, absolutely not.
Jeff Berkowitz: If a woman is going down a street in a tough area and she would like to have a gun in her purse, just in case [a bad guy tries to assault her]-- it’s a felony [for her to have a gun in her purse], right?
Anita Alvarez: That’s right. I believe in gun control and I don’t believe that—and you are pointing out very specific cases that again if in fact a woman is murdered, I understand that. However, I think we are all safer in our society without guns.
Jeff Berkowitz: Should we have more gun control? Some people say we should have an assault weapon ban. We had it on the federal level and it lapsed. Should the state of Illinois
Anita Alvarez: I think we should
Jeff Berkowitz: Have an assault weapon ban? Some people say we should restrict the number of guns people can purchase. Some say restrict it to one a month, maybe one a year. Does either sound good to you?
Anita Alvarez: I agree with that.
Jeff Berkowitz: One a year? You would favor a law that said you could only buy one gun a year?
Anita Alvarez: Actually, I would favor a law that no one could ever buy a gun.
Jeff Berkowitz: So, you would take the guns away from people who own them legally now?
Anita Alvarez: I think we would be a safer society if people didn’t own guns.
Jeff Berkowitz: Do you think the 2nd Amendment [to the U. S. Constitution] has anything to say about that? I mean, should we follow the 2nd Amendment?
Anita Alvarez: I think—we have put more danger in the street with people owning guns and the cases that I have seen and the children that I have seen get killed because of guns. It’s just too dangerous. I would favor—
Jeff Berkowitz: But, do individuals have a right to own a gun from the 2nd Amendment [to the U. S. Constitution]?. You have read the 2nd Amendment?
Anita Alvarez: I have read the 2nd Amendment.
Jeff Berkowitz: You believe in the 2nd Amendment?
Anita Alvarez: People do interpret that way. I don’t believe I do. I don’t think people should own guns. I really don’t.
There is a ray of hope on the Cook County State's Attorney score. The Republican candidate, Tony Peraica (like Suffredin, currently a Cook County Commissioner) has a record of consistently opposing Chicago-style draconian gun laws.
He'll have a high, steep hill to climb, as a Republican in Cook County, and will need the support of every Cook County gun owner.