It’s Working in Illinois

Our voices are being heard.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to impose mandatory minimum sentences for illegal gun possession was pulled from a House panel’s agenda Tuesday for further negotiations after it faced almost certain rejection from state lawmakers.

The Chicago Police chief makes an appeal to prosecutorial discretion, “contending that prosecutors would have discretion on the charges they level,” when faced with pushback about otherwise law abiding people getting ensnared by Rahm and Bloomberg’s trap. Don’t ever believe that. If there’s one thing we know it’s that prosecutors only discretion is whether they think they have a chance at a conviction, and when it comes to guns in Chicago, it’ll be the law abiding who end up with the book thrown at them, because they don’t have anything else to bargain away.