Father Pfleger and St. Sabina Church will be suing several Chicago communities because many of the guns used in violent crimes were purchased from local gun stores.
The communities under attack are Riverdale, Lyons, and Lincolnwood, and the lawsuit claims that “nearly 20 percent of guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago are purchased at guns shops in those three villages.”
Of course, the ensuing logic is that Pfleger is holding these gun stores accountable for the actions of the buyers after they have left the store, which is like blaming a car dealership for getting in an accident after you drive off their lot with a brand new car – it doesn’t hold much water.
But this isn’t the first time Father Pfleger has made public statements regarding guns. Last month, Pfleger blamed Chicago’s rising homicide rate not on gang activity, mental health issues, desperation, or even guns – he blamed it on the NRA, pledging that they “will pay for the murder of [Chicago] children” (see video below).
Shortly after that he made a call for his own version of a gun registry system that would make gun owners “title guns like cars.” He also took aim at high capacity magazines.
Father Pfleger is clearly convicted about decreasing gun violence, and has even gone so far as to file a lawsuit, but it seems unlikely that his ideas will dissuade criminals from acting on their impulses.
(The following was a submission by freelance writer Brent Rogers)