Chicago mayor Richard Daley seems to have a little regard for the First Amendment as he does for the Second Amendment. In a commentary for FoxNews.com, John Lott, the author of More Guns, describes how Daley not only ejected him from a conference, but eventually forced the University of Chicago to request his resignation.
In the column, Lott writes, “I raised my hand in an attempt to get called on. At that point a woman walked over to me and asked me if I was John Lott from the University of Chicago. I said that I was, and she informed me that I was not allowed to ask any questions -- no additional explanation was offered.”
Lott was eventually ejected from the conference, but not before a reporter from the Baltimore Sun noted the incident and passed Lott a card. After the incident, Lott was given an ultimatum by the University of Chicago to either not talk with the press for the remainder of his contract or to resign immediately.
Lott agreed to remain quiet, but wrote, “In retrospect, I probably should have gone to the press immediately. But, at the time, I worried that doing so would make life difficult for others who caught in the middle of all this, such as Dean Fischel.”
Daley's actions show a disregard for the rights of those he disagrees with. Meanwhile, since that incident, Chicago's gun ban has been overturned by the Supreme Court.