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For those who think Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s efforts to limit guns are a waste of time and a violation of people’s rights, consider the case of Micheal R. Bailey.

At 62, Bailey was a 20-year veteran police officer who was weeks away from retiring.

At about 6 a.m. yesterday, Bailey was coming home from one of his shifts, where he was assigned to guard Mayor’s Daley’s home, when he stopped outside his own South Side home to clean the Buick he had purchased for himself as a retirement present.

Up to three men approached Bailey in what police say was a possible robbery attempt. Bailey announced he was a police officer and then there was an exchange of gunfire. His son grabbed one of his father’s weapons and ran outside after the attack, but it was too late.

“We heard (his daughter) screaming, ‘They shot my daddy, somebody shot my daddy!’ ” neighbor Angelece Cook told the Chicago Tribune.

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