All in good fun of course, after all, there was laughing (by Daley) and everything! The ensuing conversation between the demagogue of Chicago and the reporter reveals why the Founding Fathers put their faith in us, not in the government.

Mayor Daley Threatens to Shoot the Messenger—Namely, Me

Mayor Daley loves to bag on the local media, and given my recent line of inquiry into his politics and policies, I’ve never expected to be greeted with a fruit basket at City Hall.

But even I was a bit taken aback this morning when the mayor grabbed a rifle and threatened to shoot me.

The mayor was holding a press conference to discuss what the city was doing to prepare for the Supreme Court’s expected decision to overturn the city’s gun ban…Guns are one of the mayor’s favorite soapbox topics—he regularly goes out of his way to point out that he despises gun manufacturers and “extremists” like the NRA…

But even supporters of tough gun regulations—myself included—have to admit that it’s not clear how much they reduce violence. Despite having some of the most restrictive laws in the country, Chicago is a national leader in shootings and murders, and the mayor himself noted that “we’ve seen far too many instances in the last few weeks” of firearm violence, including the shooting that left a cop dead last night…

So I asked: since guns are readily available in Chicago even with a ban in place, do you really think it’s been effective?

“Oh!” Daley said. “It’s been very effective!”

He grabbed a rifle, held it up, and looked right at me. He was chuckling but there was no smile.

“If I put this up your—ha!—your butt—ha ha!—you’ll find out how effective this is!”

For a moment the room was very, very quiet. I took a good look at the weapon. It had a long bayonet. (Was it seized during the Civil War?)

“If I put a round up your—ha ha!…Next will be hand grenades, right? We’ll say that hand grenades are OK. I mean, how far can you go in regards to mass weapons? To me, any gun taken off saves thousands of lives in America. I really believe that, I don’t care what people tell me. You have to thank the police officers for seizing all these weapons. We lead the country in seizing weapons. This is unbelievable.”

I had to agree.

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  1. franknitti says:

    Sure, Daley is a buffoon but article author Mick Dumke is living proof that journalism is an easier collegiate major than basket weaving.

  2. IloiloKano says:

    To me, any gun taken off saves thousands of lives in America. I really believe that, I don’t care what people tell me.

    The above quote proves two things.

    1. He’s a glittering jewel of an idiot.
    2. He’ll forever remain an idiot.

    • larrygeary says:

      Even a gun owned by a gang banger isn’t involved in thousands of murders. The guns of law abiding citizens almost never kill anybody at all.

    • sandyl says:

      IloiloKano, may i add another quote that also proves your two points?

      We lead the country in seizing weapons.

      WT..? I thought you had a gun ban–glittering jewel of an idiot–perfect!

  3. KatieSilverSpring says:

    set the scene for me here: Chicago, (a) Mayor Daley, holding a rifle pointed at you jack, and a few laughs … geez, what part of get the Hell out of town don’t you get, Mark … mob, silent crowd, “put this up your butt”, any more help needed to translate??

    of course, anywhere else, this would invoke a federal investigation

  4. Chris says:

    What a disturbed man.

  5. Laura says:

    We lead the country in seizing weapons.

    ah this is the only country where we have the second amendment and it is not for hunting…..deer that is. IDIOT!

    What an inferiority complex

    • Patriotgal says:

      See what you get in a tyrannical (democratic) government? The baddest, stupidest, Demon rises to the top. If he had threatened ME that way, …well, I carry a Glock. Of course, in any city OTHER than Chicago, he could be charged with assault, and brandishing a firearm, perhaps even making a threat with a deadly weapon. But, all Chicago politicians (including ones currently residing at 1600 Penn. Ave., are crooked, evil, ‘tards).
      His attitude is quite in synch, with the typical anti-gunners, though. Logic? Facts? Don’t need’em!

  6. mrcannon says:

    I wonder what his explanation will be?

    A. I misspoke
    B. I didn’t get much sleep
    C. Too much salt in my diet
    D. I wasn’t aware I had misplaced a gun barrel
    E. I thought the teabaggers would like it

  7. Joel267 says:

    And that is exactly how “accitdents” with firearms happen. And they are usually by people who don’t know the first thing about firearm safety. Nobody in their right mind would ever point a gun at somebody in “fun” loaded or unloaded. I’m sure the NRA will have a field day with this clown.

    • Patriotgal says:

      Reminds me of the DEA cop, lecturing a classfull of children on guns. He was just saying that in the entire room, only HE could safely handle a handgun- just before he shot himself in the foot. Too bad, he didn’t hit the head!
      He’s probably cheif of a division, now….

  8. thierry says:

    with failed liberal policies particularly concerning crime, criminals, our borders and terrorism fools like this might as well be putting guns to our heads and pulling the triggers-same effect.

  9. Sally says:

    What irritates me is a moron that’s “wielding” a gun that doesn’t seem to care that he lost a cop. Very sad.

  10. Even if the Utopian Left got their dream of ridding the entire world of firearms…people would still find ways to kill each other…and innocent people would still need to find ways to defend themselves.

    • Laura says:

      Exactly, as they always have since the beginning; with stones, knives, axes, swords and all kinds of blades… up close and personal. Then along came the bow and arrow, catapults and hence long range weapons cames into existence. I am actually partial to the Samurai sword myself, a very deadly weapon indeed.

      Anything can be utilized as a weapon, you can whop someone upside the head with a blow dryer…an image of a liberal male just popped inside my head suddenly.

      • Patriotgal says:

        The human MIND is the most dangerous weapon. I have an advanced degree in BioChemistry. Telling me I need a gun to be dangerous, is an insult to my intellect! It simply allows me to be selective!

  11. Mrs. Malcontent says:

    Someone should send Mayor Daley a copy of John Lott’s More Guns Less Crime. But that would assume this moron could read.

    That thumping sound you hear under city hall is that of another Mayor Daley rotating in his grave.

    • sandyl says:

      Good idea, but it won’t work, because he said…

      I don’t care what people tell me

      So he doesn’t care about facts or the truth. He is a complete moron.

  12. echosierra says:

    In the related article, 2 of the 4 perps who killed the off-duty policeman were shot by the officers father, a RETIRED police officer, and the other 2 were apprehended later. So, technically, a private citizen with a gun is the main reason these murderers were caught.

  13. Slimfemme says:

    See what we Chicagoans have to put up with? This guy is a first class fool. He’s an embarassement. I hope this bad law is overturned. There’s a war going on on the streets of Chicago. And unfortunately children are the majority of the victims, since the gangs don’t take the gun ban seriously. They don’t believe it applies to them. Maybe Daley should bayone them????!!!

    • Artgal says:

      I lived in Chicago for 13 years – left 4 years ago to move to Tucson. One of the things I could never understand in Chicago was why people knowingly voted for the most corrupt politicians – and were proud of it. Mayor Daley never receives any real competition during election times; it’s always an ‘opponent’ within his own party – someone we never hear of (except Bobby Rush in 1999, and even I had to vote for Daley then). That’s what has kept his ever-expanding backside in office for 21 years. He is his father’s son.

  14. glwinch says:

    Mrcannon, you forgot to include ‘the Twinkie Defense’-‘High blood sugar made me do it’

    • thierry says:

      i was thinking that if any TAMs get in any trumped up legal troubles courtesy of dear leader we could use the Pie Defense.
      ” i was high on the pie with trans fats, demon refined sugar and satan salt in it…not guilty by reason of pie consumption.”

      • KatieSilverSpring says:

        very good, thierry; except that WFM doesn’t do pies with trans, refined & satan salt .. it only uses the best, no trans, no refined sugar and salt from the finest of beaches … onto which you and I will never step. I love WFM but it is PC, you know. TAMs will have to make sure they specify they eat WFM pies.

        I’ve tried my damnest at WFM to get them to stop cutting all the fat off meats, how can you cook a pork chop without fat? unless you like dry cardboardy tasting”stuff”. And, come on, a steak on the grill without any fat to set the coal in flame, oh, wait a minute, I use WFM charcoal, so that should be, to set the hardwood on fire … love the place, really, but they can be funny.

        • thierry says:

          my take of their early days here in Ma at least was that they were a rather deranged cult of new age yuppies in love with money using indoctrinated drones to do their bidding. in the 80s it was like a store operated by moonies- the employees were kind of obsessed and a little creepy. they went to meetings off the clock with ‘ team leaders'( no such thing as bosses) to chant or something about their righteous mission and do what appeared to be that old hippie stand-by: the group consciousness raising session(” the universe thinks you suck- sell more organic buckwheat!”). since they’ve grown that atmosphere seems to have changed- i no longer feel a trip to the de-programmer is necessary when i leave the store .

          the local Holy Foodie Market is next to the trader joes just about. i prefer trader joes- but then again i eat sugar and white flour. but as a member of a minority i don’t necessarily have to blame the pie- organic or not- i can blame the Man!

          • thierry says:

            the stores in MA i am referring to were called ‘bread and circus’- i just recalled. Holy Foods bought them out in the early 90s. they still operated on much the same philosophy i describe at least early on.

    • mrcannon says:

      I also forgot the other old tried-and-true defense: “My maniacal gun toting was taken out of context.”

  15. jmucciola says:

    Not surprised. I lived in Chicago for 15 years and this little dick-tator was never at a loss for stupid non sequiturs. Unlike fine wine–Daley has not gotten better with age.

  16. varmint says:

    The more effective these gun ban idiots are, the higher their crime rate gets. Places that passed “shall issue” encouraging concealed carry in the populace had the crime rate drop. Also the incidents in which a police officer is shot drop. I wish I knew why exactly, how that works out that way. Still, the point is that it does. These places are all around them in the United States. Daley and anti freedom types like him who “don’t care what people tell” them, things that would drop the crime rate and police fatalities, should be held responsible.

    • Patriotgal says:

      Perhaps a WALL around the city- use city funds, to compensate those with enough sense to LEAVE. Then- turn-off the water and power. In a week, go in with firehoses, and flush-away the detritus! A brand-new, unpopulated city! 🙂

  17. MACVEL says:

    It almost looks like Mr. Daley is sporting a Hitler mustache.

  18. Chris says:

    Hey Daley, how does threatening to sodomize someone with a rifle prove that gun bans work, though?

  19. CO2aintpoison says:

    Based in ARIZONA – a place I’ve purchased .9999 pure silver rods from: ccsilver. Think I’ll buy s’more stuff there. My brother lives in AZ – I’m in comi-MD; but we’re working on changing to conservative. Looking to kick out Bob Mikulski with a real American hero: Jim Rutledge (yes, I know Bob is a, um, girl-ish but I prefer to call her Bob). Is there some sort of unspoken rule that all these females have to go to the same barber?

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