Warren: When a terrorist wants to buy a gun…

James Warren, the long-time Chicago Tribune columnist who now writes for the Chicago News Cooperative (published locally in the New York Times) notes “there are 18 categories under which the purchase of a gun is prohibited by federal law… But if the government thinks you’re playing footsie with Al Qaeda, that’s different. You can get a gun, but you cannot fly…”

Warren points out a 2007 recommendation from the Justice Department to grant the US Attorney General power to deny purchases to known or suspected terrorists.

“Carrying water for a change is (Ill.) Rep. Mike Quigley,” Warren says. “He tried to close the loophole but got slapped down in May on a 21-11 vote.”

Read more from James Warren at the New York Times.

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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