Saturday, July 29, 2017

Man Armed With Assault Rifle Arrested At Belmont Red Line Station

The man was arrested on the Belmont platform around 6:30 this morning, police said. | Wikicommons
Charges are pending against a 29-year-old man who was arrested this morning with an assault rifle at the Belmont Red Line station, 945 West Belmont.

Officers responded to a call of a man with a gun on the southbound platform around 6:30 a.m., according to the department’s News Affairs office.

An AK-47 | Wikicommons
The man was found in possession of an assault rifle “with a huge clip,” a witness said. A police source said the man had “an AK-47 tied around his neck” when officers arrived.

The offender had suffered a gunshot wound in recent days, according to a second source.

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29 comments:

  1. Since a weapon like that is of no use except for mass killing shouldn't he be considered a terrorist? I know our gun laws are very lax, but that's why we have such a problem. Rhetorically, why should military weapons be available to the general public. I know all about the 2nd amendment, but that was drafted in a time when we had no standing army.

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    1. the 2nd amendment wasn't drafted to protect the land from others trying to take over, it was to protect the citizens of the land from those elected to govern it. the military follows orders from the leader of the country, the 2nd amendment was to protect citizens from tyranny and to give them a way to overthrow the government should the need arise. To do so a citizen must be able to bear the same arms as those who may, eventually become, his enemy. Therefore you do not "know" about the 2nd amendment.

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    2. Lol. Our laws are hardly lax. Our criminals just dont abide by them. This was not a military weapon. Where do you learn this stuff ? On the internet ? You obviously DONT know all about the 2nd amendment. But thanks for playing. Feel free to roam about the neighborhood after midnight.

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    3. To quote Ron White....I didn't know how many it was gonna take, but I knew how many they were gonna use!

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    4. I am guessing you never shoot guns or you would know that we don't issue AK47's to the military and the military issues select fire rifles, not basic semi automatics. I shoot my AR-15 all of the time for a ton of different things including fun and I have never used it or thought of using it for a mass killing of humans. Your logic is completely flawed and has been proven wrong time after time. If a person wants to commit mass murder then they could easily do it by blowing up an L train or by driving a truck through a crowd like in Nice France. Chicago has had over 400 murders already this year, the problem is not rifles, the problem is criminals and drug laws. Until you deal with the criminals the murders will continue. Stop blaming it on the method because you can't make sense of why a criminal is a criminal.

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    5. Our gun laws are really lax? Really? Can you cite any laws pertaining to this situation that would change the situation? Let me list all of the ways this man already DID break the law and as a result will be charged with various felonies and misdemeanors.

      1) It is against the law in Chicago to possess such a gun.
      2) It is against the law in Cook County to possess such a gun.
      3) It is against the law to carry a firearm onto public transit property, even if you have a concealed carry permit for a handgun.
      4) It is impossible to legally obtain such a gun anywhere in the US if you have a prior criminal history or any history of mental illness, which may apply here as this story develops.
      5) It is impossible to legally obtain ammunition for such a gun anywhere in the US if you have a prior criminal history or any history of mental illness, which again may apply here as this story develops.

      Criminals don't obey laws, be there one or one thousand of them. If mental illness is a contributor, then that means we need tougher mental illness forced incarceration laws, not more gun laws.

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    6. Oh Michael. An AK-47 is just like a rifle. One trigger pull, one bullet. That doesn't make it a military weapon, nor does looking scary. Remember this, you lose the 2nd amendment and all others will disappear shortly after.

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    7. Actually, weapons like that were used by Korean store owners to protect their businesses during the LA riots. The gun laws in Illinois/Chicago would hardly be considered lax. Prosecutions, enforcement, and sentencing - now those are lax, and that's why we have such a problem. Every banger and thug knows Foxx and Dart have THEIR backs, not ours.

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    8. The second amendment was drafted to guarantee that the people would always have the ability to overthrow the government if it ever became as oppressive as King George had become. Muskets were the weapoms or their day. Assault rifles are the weapons of our day. A standing army is the very thing the second amendment was designed to be able to fight.

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    9. It was drafted at a time we had no free speech either. So your think what? Write a new one every time a New President is elected? Or maybe just write one you like?
      I have a better idea. How about just putting criminals behind bars without dreaming up new ways to empower the state to control our lives.

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    10. Michael... 1. Chicago actually has some of the toughest gun laws on the books... the difference here is will the states actually place charges properly under Kim Foxx and her progressive movement... will a judge rule high or no bail.... will Tom Dart then allow the offender home monitoring... will the judge assigned actually give a harsh sentence?

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    11. Buddy, you are 100% spot on........

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    12. "a weapon like that is of no use except for mass killing"

      Really? I guess I and the millions of other owners of these guns are using them wrong. Less than 400 murders a year from long guns of all kinds according to the FBI, versus well over 10,000 from handguns. But if you are correct and their only purpose is mass killings then surely the police don't need them either right?

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    13. To whoever said the AK-47 is semi-auto and not military grade, where do you get your information? The AK-47 is selective fire (full-auto and semi-auto) and has been standard military issue for years (their army, not ours).

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  2. Gun bans, plastic bag bans but no bottle return laws and and all that good stuff....

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  3. I know our hood is dangerous but not that dangerous brother. Leave the AK at home!!!!!

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  4. Kind of shocking, especially when considering that firearms are not allowed on CTA property. I'm surprised those little stickers at the entrance to the station didn't prevent this.

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    1. He must've missed them! Probably the stickers need to be bigger.

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  5. real problem is violent criminals loitering in this neighborhood. Any gun kills any knife kills mace used robs victims baseball bats, sticks, fists, broken bottles robs victims

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  6. For the last time, its a magazine, not a "clip". A clip is a device that refills a magazine.ie,stripper clip.

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  7. Pretty pathetic how many people misunderstand the Second Amendment.

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    1. Those who have so articulately explained the 2nd Amendment have saved me typing time. Thank you! I am encouraged by how many do understand the reason we have it and the importance of retaining it. Thank you, CWB, for including all of the comments and for your superior journalism.

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  8. How about liberals start convincting people at a high rate with harsh sentences on existing gun laws before passing new ones?

    Didn't this guy know that guns are illegal on CTA platforms...?

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    1. Money. The prisons can only hold so many. People don't want to pay the mega costs to build more jails hire more guards and police.
      I'm not saying we should shut up
      But until we pay up real change
      Is unlikely.

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  9. What if this madman decided to fire his gun at the passerby's on Belmont? Tunney would probably say we are overreacting.

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    1. The good news is they are all such lousy shots that he probably couldn't hit anyone anyway.

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  10. "I know the 2nd Amendment".
    Proceeds to not know anything about the 2nd Amendment.

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  11. You know, I was ready for either a bunch of people agreeing with the "know all about it guy" or a bunch of nuts. Glad to see people stepping up and calling it what it is. I have noticed a change in my neighbors. Away from shhep towards sheepdog.

    If you call 911. Im coming. But it might be 5 or 6 mins. A lot can happen. A lot happens behind the scenes that delays calls before I get it. Have a plan.

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