Any Reporter Reading....
- Facing criticism from parents worried about their children traveling through dangerous neighborhoods to new schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel staked out a get-tough stance Wednesday proposing stiffer penalties for gun crimes near schools.
Whether the threat of fines and jail time for carrying guns near schools or designated school routes will cause gang members to reflect on whether they should carry weapons in those areas is unclear, however. In addition, state laws already allow prosecutors to push for considerably more time behind bars than called for under Emanuel's plan for people who break gun laws near schools.
- The ordinance, which was introduced at the City Council meeting, would raise penalties for certain gun offenses near schools to $1,000 to $5,000 and 30 days in jail for a first offense, $5,000 to $15,000 and 90 days to six months in jail for a second offense, and $10,000 to $20,000 and at least six months in jail for a third offense.
Can anyone, police, court worker, reporter, whomever, tell us if they have ever seen one of these fines levied against any gangbanger convicted any gun crime? For the most part, they end up with public defenders, so they have no money to speak of - how is this doubling of fines never levied going to deter anything?
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