First, it appears that a college degree will now be required to work in a daycare center in the District of Columbia. So apparently, a guy caught smoking crack with a prostitute is a safe bet for the mayor's office, but a person without a college degree can't be trusted to change diapers. Along with draconian regulations on homeschooling and firearm ownership, this is a great case for removing self-rule from the District. Common sense simply doesn't seem to be a prerequisite for being in government there.
Next, the state of Illinois has decided to punish straw purchases of firearms about as harshly as they do murder and rape. Now to be sure, a big portion of Chicago's horrific murder and assault rate is because straw purchases and the like were--apparently by the direction of former President Obama--not prosecuted.
However, the new law won't help things, because here the key problem is that for whatever reason, prosecuting straw purchasers wasn't going to fly in Chicago, and punishing straw purchases as harshly as murder isn't going to help. The simple reason is that when a punishment is deemed too harsh--like 8 years plus deportation for a green card holder voting illegally--it will not generally be imposed.
There are a lot of good things that can be done to curb Chicago's murder rate--community policing to regain trust, punishment of minor crimes with appropriate sentences, encouragement of traditional families, etc..--but I don't think this is one of them.
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