With that out of the way, I will now complain about gun laws. The City Of Chicago's gun ban is being challenged this week in the Supreme Court. Great. More reasons to move. Maybe you haven't seen the characters lurking around the crack houses in my neighborhood, but let's just say I don't need to make it any easier for them to kill me.
One argument in favor of ready access to guns goes like like this (Tribune, March 1
Gun-rights activists have argued that striking down the Chicago gun ban would actually lead to safer neighborhoods by giving citizens the ability to arm and defend themselves.
Oh! I get to defend myself! Me. An anti-gun vegetarian who pays taxes (10.25%, by the way) gets to bear the burden of keeping my neighborhood safe. Then what do we need police for? And why have laws at all? Let's live by street justice. Anarchy. All six million of us here in Chicago can just hunt our own meat in the rat-infested alleys and settle turf wars with machetes.
Look, if you choose to live in the country and desire the type of lifestyle where you can prop your shotgun next to an unlocked door, great. This is a big nation and we have enough real estate to cater all around.
If, however, you want to benefit from the resources of a large community (world class museums, ample libraries, 7-foot-tall city cops who could stop your pulse) then you have to give up certain individual freedoms. It's a fact. You pay more tax in the city and have less personal space. Rent is high. Summers are hot. And you should not be able to freely purchase a murdering device.
I don't live in a rural area. I do not want to own a gun, nor do I want to raise my own chickens. I am an American who wants to live her life as she sees fit: in a large city with a gun ban. Why is my right to a peaceful, cultured environment not a priority? Why does it feel less important than the conservative agenda? I respect the way other people want to live and they should respect my community's lifestyle.
I'm not trying to go to Texas and complain about guns. I wouldn't go to the equator and complain about the heat, either. But The City Of Chicago lured me in on a certain premise eight years ago and if the federal government could please mind it's own business, like conservatives claim to want, that would be rad.
Move to Houston if you want to shoot things in the city.