(More) Proof Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson lies about need for local gun control

By Chad D. Baus

Last September, anti-gun Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, in a continuing struggle to get ahead of the public relations debacle he faces while presiding over a significant increase in homicides in 2007, and seeking to justify his use of taxpayer resources on a go-it-alone court challenge of HB347, a state law which preempts local gun control laws, launched another salvo in his effort to divert blame for his city's crime problems.

In a September 10, 2007 press release released at a conference where he announced his collusion with Reps. Sandra Williams and Timothy Boyd on HB354, Jackson stated as follows:

“Right now, if a young person was walking down any Ohio street brandishing an assault weapon, the police could not arrest him for that.”

So you can imagine what a shock it must have been to Cleveland residents was when, on April 1, 2008, viewers of Cleveland's ABC affiliate were told about the arrest of two teens who were...you guessed it...carrying guns while walking down a city street.

From the story:

Two teens accused of carrying guns while walking down the street were arrested in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Police said they chased the two teens, ages 13 and 14, on foot after they were spotted near East 120th and Parkview. The suspects were apprehended and their weapons confiscated.

The story wasn't a prank, but Mayor Jackson has been most certainly proved an April Fool.

At the time of his wild claim, Buckeye Firearms Association immediately challenged the media to investigate Jackson's claims to see if even one such case could be located.

Anticipating that the anti-gun media would ignore their duty to serve the public in this way, we made our own request.

The results did as much to expose the naked emperor as do the quotes above.

Links to our revealing investigation into Mayor Frank Jackson's anti-gun rhetoric follow:

Cleveland Mayor Jackson proposes new gun control law

HB354: More Gun Control Addressing Non-Existent Problems

The truth about Cleveland’s “Assault Weapon Ban” - Part I

The truth about Cleveland’s “Assault Weapon Ban” - Part II

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