Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy said if a concealed carry law passed in Illinois, he expected people lawfully carrying guns in Chicago would be shot by the police.
“You put more guns on the street expect more shootings,” McCarthy said. “I don’t care if they’re licensed legal firearms, people who are not highly trained… putting guns in their hands is a recipe for disaster. So I’ll train our officers that there is a concealed carry law, but when somebody turns with a firearm in their hand the officer does not have an obligation to wait to get shot to return fire and we’re going to have tragedies as a result of that. I’m telling you right up front.”
Do they at least have to wait for the gun to become a threat, or do they have carte blanche to start perforating anyone with a gun on the street? They should at least tell the person with the gun they are there and to drop the weapon. A law abiding citizen would not be a threat to officers, so unless they are shooting at anything that spooks them, there shouldn’t be a lot of unnecessary shootings.
McCarthy would not say what specific training officers will undertake if any. However, he did admit that in the past his department has made mistakes in shooting unarmed civilians. He believes the concealed carry law will increase those types of unfortunate incidents.
“Police officers make mistakes all the time,” McCarthy said. “We spend six months in the police academy, six months of field training and ongoing training on a regular basis and the fact is once in a while we’re going to shoot someone with a cellphone; we’re going to shoot somebody with a flashlight and none of that is okay. But now you take John Q. Civilian, you give them six weeks or 10 weeks of training and you say ‘have at it?’”
Did you get that? He actually said cops shoot innocent people all the time. And they’re supposed to be the professionals.