It's too bad that we can't quantitatively tie false claims like this to economic costs to the city and thus the residents of the city. That would pave the way for a class-action lawsuit for incompetence and false-claims that would shake them up. Otherwise the Chief Po-Po should focus on the real problems impacting crime in the city. Of course, it's much easier to spout off claims like this and "appear" to be doing something, rather than have to face up to the fact that he's not capable of dealing with the real problems.
McCarthy is only half right when he omits the word "Illegal" when talking about the proliferation of guns. "The city is awash with illegal guns" would be a true statement, and he should make that distinction. I could understand why he feels that guns are the problem, when the only tool in your belt is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail.
By speaking clearly, and making the distinction between guns and illegal guns, he would only add credibility to his words, nobody would dispute them, but he seems incapable of thinking it through that far.
He may also be partially right when he says straw buyers with clean records contribute to gun proliferation, but I think I would like to see that statement backed up by some facts. If such straw buyers are causing the proliferation, then it doesn't matter if it's at a gun shop or at a gun show, since a FOID is still required to make the purchase and all sellers know this is the law. My feeling is that most people with a clean record would not risk the consequences, but I suppose some would.
As a Chicago resident who is in the fight, I don't feel I should bear an extra economic burden to pay for any false claims. However, I would be ok with diverting some of my already paid-in burden towards this, as long as it comes out of some programs that aren't benefiting law-abiding, tax-paying citizens like myself.I also don't feel that the police chief should be throwing the good citizens of his town under the bus by misspeaking, whether he meant it or not.