BELLEVUE, WA – Scheduled to retire from office next Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley remains a monumental hypocrite to the bitter end and his request for publicly-financed armed bodyguards proves it, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today

As Daley prepares to leave office, a Washington Times editorial bares the anti-gun Democrat’s hypocrisy. For years, Daley has had armed bodyguards protecting him at the same time he has worked fanatically to deprive his Chicago constituents and every other citizen in Illinois the same level of security, by pushing every crazy anti-gun scheme he or his colleagues could dream up. Now he wants that same privilege to carry into retirement.

“Despite the city’s loss before the U.S. Supreme Court last year in McDonald v. City of Chicago – the landmark case won by the Second Amendment Foundation – Daley has continued to throw every roadblock possible in the path of law-abiding citizens who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “They only want to feel the same sense of safety that Daley has enjoyed, at their expense, for years.

“If Daley wants armed bodyguards,” he continued, “then he needs to pay for them out of his own pocket. If one penny of public money is spent for Daley’s security, it will be an outrage.”

Gottlieb said it is disgusting for Daley to expect a different level of treatment than any other private citizen. Once he leaves public office, he should lose every perk, and that should start with losing his armed security team.

“Richard Daley is living proof of liberal anti-gun arrogance,” Gottlieb observed. “This man has devoted himself to disarming law-abiding citizens, leaving them to the mercy of inner city thugs who habitually disobey Chicago’s gun laws. If he truly believed that guns are bad, then he would drop his request and take his chances with 911 like all of the people whose rights he has trampled.”