We address the hard issues. Issues like the threat of gun violence.
Last December, our hearts broke along with the parents of the children who died in the horrific massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
And our hearts break every day with families who suffer from violence in Illinois communities…families like the Pendletons, whose daughter Hadiya Pendleton was stolen from us last week.
I spoke with Hadiya’s family on Monday. There are no words in the English language…or any language…to relieve the pain of parents who lose a child.
In the Old Testament, the prophet Jeremiah wept day and night for the slain of his people.
Today, we all weep over the senseless violence in our communities.
But as elected officials, we’re in a position to do something about it. We have life-saving work to do.
We cannot wait for another tragedy to happen before we take action.
We must move forward with a comprehensive plan that includes gun safety legislation, mental health care, and violence prevention strategies.
That’s why today, I ask you to move forward with strong public safety legislation that will safeguard the people of Illinois.
We must prohibit the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois.
Of course, we must abide with the second amendment. But there is no place in our state for military-style assault weapons designed for rapid fire at human targets at close range.
And I want to thank Orland Park Police Chief and former Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy, an American hero who saved the life of President Ronald Reagan, for his help on this issue. Thank you, Tim.
We must ensure that guns are kept out of everyday public places, because guns don’t belong in our schools, shopping malls, or sports stadiums.
And we must make Illinois safer by strengthening background checks and requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen guns.
I want to salute Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel for their leadership on this issue.
We also must empower our law enforcement to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands. That means we need reliable mental health records.
For years, counties across our state have not been reporting their mental health records to the Illinois State Police. This year, we need every county to step up and do its part to ensure mental health records are updated in real time.
And if there is one thing we can learn from Newtown, it is that we can never rest when it comes to school safety.
Last month, I convened a School Safety Summit with education, public safety, mental health and law enforcement leaders to identify better ways to protect our schools.
Our students and teachers can never be too prepared. That’s why we should pass legislation that will require every school in our state to practice active safety drills that will prepare them for even the worst.
Our Public Safety Agenda is both comprehensive and common sense. Together, we can get it done.
That’s our Illinois.
Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:31:57 CST (6152 reads)
Quinn calls for ethics reform, assault weapons ban in State of State
By John O'Connor and Sophia Tareen
The Associated Press
Illinois needs a tough law prohibiting lawmakers from voting on issues where they have a conflict of interest, Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday in his State of the State address.
Quinn also renewed a call for banning military-style assault weapons and urged a 20 percent increase in the hourly minimum wage, to $10.
He only made scattered references to the state's most pressing problem — a stifling public-employee pension deficit, but the "squeeze" it puts on other government spending was an undercurrent throughout Quinn's fifth State of the State. Quinn pointedly named Senate President John Cullerton's latest legislation that provides a fallback plan if the first is declared unconstitutional as "the best vehicle to get the job done."
"Do we want, in the years to come, a prosperous Illinois where working people continue to have good jobs, where business thrive, and where all our children have a world-class education?" Quinn asked. "Or do we want to stop the progress and watch our economic recovery stall?"
There were few other direct challenges in a speech traditionally reserved for a governor to highlight his accomplishments in the past year. He trumpeted job creation, a Medicaid overhaul and the closure of 54 state facilities to save money, workers' compensation reform, clean water and infrastructure improvements. He shared credit with bipartisan shout-outs to a half-dozen lawmakers who have lassoed significant issues, from allowing illegal immigrants to get driver's license to mortgage foreclosure prevention.
Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:20:19 CST (5688 reads)
Guns and gay marriage are at the top of the agenda
Story by 89 WLS reporter Bill Cameron
Guns and gay marriage are at the top of the agenda in Springfield when the legislature comes back next month.
You might think concealed carry is the last thing Democrats would want given their push for an assault weapons ban and a ten bullet limit on magazine clips.
But now that the courts have ruled against the state's concealed carry law, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says they need to approve concealed carry quickly to prevent violence, "If we don't pass a law, it'll be the wild west! Then people can just walk down the street without any limitation. So, we have the obligation to pass a bill. The NRA would be happy if we passed nothing."
Debbie Halvorson found herself alone among leading Democratic candidates Sunday when she indicated she would not support a ban on the semiautomatic firearm used in the Sandy Hook school shooting last month.
The former one-term congresswoman from Crete took that position at a wide-ranging candidate forum in the 2nd Congressional District contest to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Gun violence, including President Barack Obama’s call for a semiautomatic assault weapons ban and a prohibition on large-capacity magazines, has grown into a major issue in the South Side and south suburban district—particularly given Chicago’s recent history of gun-related murders. Nationally, the debate was fueled by last month’s killing of 20 elementary school students in Newtown, Conn.
But in a crowded and fast-approaching Feb. 26 special primary, Democratic opponents attaching themselves to Obama’s call for more gun laws are trying to isolate Halvorson, who has received past backing by the National Rifle Association.
“We’ve buried far too many of our own children over the years—every day. When are we going to go after the criminals? When are we going to go after the people who buy guns for those who aren’t able to go get their backgrounds checked? We need to strengthen the laws we already have instead of keep talking about new ones,” Halvorson said at the forum at Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W. 95th St.
“We need to do more about the criminals. Cook County has an assault weapons ban. We have the highest amount of murders in the country. Let’s do more about enforcing the laws we have at the same time doing more about keeping our streets safe,” she said, adding she backs a universal background check and tougher criminal penalties on straw purchasers.
Though she handily lost a primary last March to Jackson, Halvorson is viewed as a leading candidate in the special primary with good name recognition and her status as the only white candidate among 17 Democratic contenders.
Robin Kelly of Matteson, a former state lawmaker, said she not only backed an assault weapons ban and universal background checks but also wanted the state to go no further on legalizing the carrying of concealed weapons. A federal appeals court recently ruled Illinois’ ban on carrying firearms in public unconstitutional.
But Kelly, who has begun airing radio ads in support of her gun-control stance, made a veiled criticism of Halvorson at the forum when she said, “I got an F (grade) from the NRA, something I’m proud of. I don’t have to go back and take the test and study anymore.”
State Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields, who replaced Halvorson in the state Senate, also has had NRA backing in the past. Hutchinson, who did not attend the forum, has embraced Obama’s call for tougher gun measures and co-sponsored a bill in Springfield to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, noted his role in passing the city’s 2010 ordinance to strictly regulate handguns, saying, “We need to take that leadership to Washington.” Likening the need to curb neighborhood gun crime to the airport safety checks instituted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Beale said, “The planes are crashing in our community and we must act and act now.”
New state Sen. Napoleon Harris, D-Flossmoor, was more reserved, saying the underlying issues of poverty, joblessness, family unrest and mental health issues need to be addressed first.
Disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, forced to give up the seat after convictions that included having sex with an underage campaign worker, noted he co-sponsored the nation’s previous assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.
But for her part, Halvorson was adamant against looking at a gun ban.
“I refuse to take a look at these wide ranging gun bans and pass one more law against a law abiding citizen until there is something done against those who get their guns illegally or criminal,” she said after the forum.
“I’m with the president, first of all, that we must continue this national dialogue. For the first time ever, we’ve got this (gun issue) as something we’re talking about and everybody’s at the table,” she said.
Posted by ShaunKranish on Thursday, January 31, 2013 @ 09:15:41 CST (7084 reads)
Door-to-Door gun confiscations have begun in Rockford, Illinois for people who have had their FOID (Firearm Owner Identification) cards revoked or simply expired. Bear in mind that the FOID system is completely unconstitutional based on the fact that a pre-existing right and a constitutionally-protected right cannot be turned into a licensing scheme.
As always with gun confiscations, guns have already been taken from peaceable citizens. A prime example is a friend of mine - how we came to learn of this program - who had at least 4 firearms taken because his FOID card was 5 days expired. He is no threat to anyone. Does the state come to take your car when your driver's license expires?? Of course not, but as usual gun owners are treated as second-class citizens, and the right to keep and bear arms is treated with contempt.
We urge law enforcement in Rockford to fight crime. Our law enforcement resources and personnel are limited, we can't afford to have law enforcement waste their time harassing harmless gun owners. Furthermore, these officers have taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. The Constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms and it is NOT subject to police power.
The owner of a pawn shop on Chicago's Northwest side reportedly used his gun in self defense against three robbers.
Police say that that three robbers entered the pawn shop, located on the 5900 block of West Fullerton Avenue, just before 1 PM. After being placed in fear for life by the robbers, the pawn shop owner is said to have fired in self defense, striking one of the robbers and sending his accomplices fleeing. A dead suspect was found near the crime scene, and police are seeking the two other suspects, according to news reports. No injuries to the pawn shop owner or any bystanders were reported.
This is the third self defense shooting to occur in Chicago during the last couple of weeks. In the first self defense shooting, an 80 year old Chicago homeowner used his handgun to stop a convicted felon who broke in during the ealy morning hours. In the second self defense shooting, another Chicago homeowner used his handgun to stop a fugitive who dove through his front window while running from the police.
June 3, 2010 9:38 AM | 51 Comments | UPDATED STORY
A South Austin resident shot and wounded a man who crashed through the window of his home while fleeing police early this morning, officials say.
The resident had a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card and police are not pursuing charges against him despite the city's ban on handguns, police said.
It's the second time in little more than a week that police have chosen not to file charges against someone who shot an intruder. On May 26, an 80-year-old East Garfield Park homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar.
In today's incident, Aaron Marshall was pulled over by police for a traffic violation in the 300 block of North Pine Street in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side shortly after midnight, according to Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.
Marshall, a convicted felon, jumped out of his car and led officers on a foot chase as he dropped a large quantity of narcotics, Kubiak said.
Marshall crashed through the front window of a home on the 300 block of North Long Avenue, Kubiak said. When police showed up at the home, they found the man shot in the chest, apparently with a revolver, Kubiak said.
The residents told police they heard glass breaking and saw a man inside their home, Kubiak said. One resident told police he feared for his safety and shot the man, Kubiak said.
Marshall was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition had stabilized. He was expected to survive, officials said.
Marshall, of the 5400 block of West Monroe Street, has been charged with criminal trespass and drug possession, Kubiak said. He also was ticketed for failure to heed a stop sign and for driving on a revoked license.
Marshall's criminal background includes a felony drug conviction in 2009 and a 2007 conviction for felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, court records show. He also is a gang member with a lengthy arrest record, police said.
-- Carlos Sadovi
Posted by ShaunKranish on Thursday, June 03, 2010 @ 10:46:08 CDT (5181 reads)
BY ALAN GOTTLIEB AND DAVE WORKMAN
Mayor Daley doesn't get it about firearms and personal safety. After the highly publicized self-defense shooting in East Garfield Park on the West Side on Wednesday, he should fold his tent, shut his mouth and go away.
The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to nullify Chicago's draconian handgun ban, and nothing clarifies Daley's dilemma with guns more dramatically than the slaying of home invader Anthony "Big Ant" Nelson, a 29-year-old career thug who has, according to the Chicago Tribune, a "13-page rap sheet that includes a number of drug and weapons convictions dating to 1998, according to police and court records." This neighborhood predator made what nationally recognized self-defense expert Massad Ayoob calls "a fatal error in the victim selection process."
Nelson reportedly fired a shot from a handgun -- you know, they're banned in Chicago, and convicted felons like "Big Ant" aren't supposed to have them anyway; yet another failure of gun control -- through the bedroom window of an 80-year-old Army veteran who served in the Korean War.
Most likely to Nelson's great, and terminal, surprise, the older man fired back, with his own handgun that almost certainly was not registered in the city. Had he followed the law, this gentleman, his wife, and possibly their 12-year-old grandson, who was in the next room, might all be dead right now.
Fortunately, thanks to the Illinois Legislature's override of Rod Blagojevich's veto of SB 2165 in November 2004, the older gentleman will not face prosecution. That was the "Hale DeMar" act, which protects homeowners who shoot in self-defense even if there is a local ordinance against handgun possession.
DeMar shot a burglar in his Wilmette home and was initially charged with violating that community's handgun ban, but public outrage forced the Cook County prosecutor to drop the charge.
The question remains in this case whether the old gentleman will get his gun back from the police when the investigation is completed.
Daley wants his citizens, including elderly people, to remain disarmed while only someone living in monumental denial would believe that creeps like Nelson might be deterred from packing guns illegally.
Daley has practiced anti-gun demagoguery for years, but that may soon come to a screeching halt, not only because of an affirmative high court ruling in the case of McDonald vs. City of Chicago -- the Second Amendment Foundation's case before the U.S. Supreme Court -- but also because public reaction to the Nelson shooting is decidedly in support of the man who shot him.
Chicago residents have grown weary of living in dangerous neighborhoods where, because of Daley's anti-gun policies that defend the city's ban, they have been stripped of the tools to fight back. It is their plight against armed criminals like Nelson that compelled the Second Amendment Foundation to join with the Illinois State Rifle Association and four Chicago residents to sue the city.
Reaction among Chicago residents to Wednesday's fatal shooting clearly demonstrates that the public supports this lawsuit.
While Daley appears at a press event and suggests he might like to poke a gun barrel into the rump of a reporter and fire a round, neighbors of the Army veteran who killed Nelson in self-defense, along with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Stella Foster, are telling the mayor that he needs to "come up with a better solution [to crime] than just saying 'turn in your guns.' "
Daley's stubborn defense of his city's handgun ban shows him to be so out of touch with the public, and with the reality of his city's crime problem, that he may not even be jolted to good sense by a Supreme Court loss.
Well, here is the reality: Richard Daley's policies are directly responsible for people like Nelson, because the Chicago gun ban has emboldened Windy City thugs to prey on good people they know will be disarmed. Tough luck for Nelson that one courageous older man -- a man who had been robbed at gunpoint last year in his own home for $150 -- had the fortitude and good sense to arm himself in spite of Daley's ban, and now his neighborhood is "one short" of the kind of scum that the Chicago ban has essentially protected for more than a quarter-century.
Alan Gottlieb is executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation. Dave Workman is senior editor of Gun Week. They are co-authors of 'America Fights Back: Armed Self-Defense in a Violent Age.'
Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 @ 12:04:41 CDT (8334 reads)
May 27, 2010 3:12 PM | 64 Comments | UPDATED STORY
Mayor Richard Daley refused to say today whether an 80-year-old Army veteran who shot and killed an intruder will be charged under the city's handgun ban.
Asked about the possibility of charges, the mayor ended a news conference he had called about summer curfew in the city.
"I don't know. Thank you very much," Daley said and stepped away from the microphone.
Before walking away, Daley acknowledged people's frustration over the issue of gun control but insisted "I don't think the answer is guns."
The homeowner was asleep with his 83-year-old wife and 12-year-old great-grandson when Anthony Nelson -- a parolee with a record of drug and gun arrests -- tried breaking into their East Garfield Park home, police say.
Nelson died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office, which said Nelson died in a homicide--the death of a person at the hands of another person.
The homeowner told investigators that Nelson fired twice before he fired back. The homeowner had bought the gun after being robbed in his home last fall, according to relatives. Police questioned the man for several hours and released him without filing charges, though officials say the investigation is continuing.
The Cook County state's attorney's office has said it has not been contacted regarding pressing charges against the homeowner, but police would be able to charge the homeowner with a misdemeanor crime--such as a violation of city ordinance--without approval from the state's attorney's office.
The man has been hailed as a hero by his family and neighbors, but Daley cautioned that "guns is not the answer to the problems that we see in a home, in the streets of America. It's as simple as that.
"I think everybody understands the frustration that people have in regards to guns, and that's an instance, and I think we understand that," Daley said. "But again, the access to guns in America, the access today is higher today than at any period of time in America."
Police today would say nothing more than that two guns were found at the scene of the home invasion, and that the homeowner has not been charged, but that the investigation is continuing.
-- John Byrne, Liam Ford
Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 @ 11:49:08 CDT (5593 reads)
At least 22 shot in separate shootings, 1 dead
May 30, 2010 2:09 PM | 129 Comments | UPDATED STORY
At least 22 people were wounded in separate shootings around the city roughly between noon Saturday and noon Sunday, including a man who died this morning after he was shot in the head, Chicago police said.
At a news conference this morning, Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis said that nearly half of the shootings appear to be gang-related, including the fatal incident. Weis added that at least two of the other victims have refused to cooperate with police, "which makes the job of our detectives ... far more difficult."
One of the shootings was particularly disturbing because one of the female victims was eight months pregnant, the superintendent said. No one in custody for any of the incidents.
The most recent incident happened in the 8000 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue just after noon today, Chicago Police Officer Laura Kubiak said. A man at the location was shot in the hand.
Four people were shot about 3:15 a.m. today in the 9100 block of South Marshfield Avenue, police said. The victims -- two women, ages 32 and 30, and two men, ages 40 and 41 -- were sitting in a vehicle when a dark four-door sedan approached, a man got out and opened fire. The older woman and the younger man were taken to local hospitals in serious conditions, police said. The other victims suffered only minor injuries.
About 2 a.m. in the 10800 block of South Racine Avenue, two people were shot while they sat in a parked vehicle, police said. One victim, a 43-year-old man, was shot in the chest and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. The other victim, 22, was shot in the shoulder and was listed in "stable" condition at Roseland Community Hospital. Police said the 22-year-old is gang-affiliated. The men were shot by a passenger of a gold four-door car, police said.
About 12:45 a.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot in the 1500 block of East 67th Street. He was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm.
About 12:30 a.m., a 28-year-old man was shot in the Roseland neighborhood in the 10500 block of South Corliss Avenue, police said. He was taken to Roseland Community Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right calf and was described as in "stable" condition.
At the same time on the Southeast Side, three more people were shot as they sat on a porch in the 9200 block of South Blackstone Avenue, Kubiak said. One victim, a 25-year-old man, was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. An 18-year-old man was taken in "stable" condition to Advocate Trinity Hospital. Another victim, 27, was treated and released from Trinity with a graze wound to his arm, police said. The 18-year-old and 27-year-old have gang affiliations, Kubiak said.
About 12:28 a.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the head in the 5100 block of South Laflin Street, police said. A spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office identifed the man as Darius Murphy of the 5300 block of South Bishop Street.
On the West Side about 12:15 a.m., two people were shot in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue, police said. A 24-year-old man was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in "stable" condition with a graze wound to his head. A 19-year-old woman also was taken to the same hospital. She was listed in "stable" condition with a gunshot wound to her neck.
About 8:10 p.m. Saturday in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood, a 47-year-old man was shot in one arm in what police believe was a drive-by shooting. The victim was taken to Norwegian-American Hospital and was listed in good condition.
Roughly 20 minutes earlier in the Ashburn neighborhood, a man, 19, was wounded in the leg in the 3900 block of West 79th Street outside Bogan Computer Technical High School. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and was listed in critical condition. The victim has gang affiliations and was not being cooperative in the police investigation, Kubiak said.
About 7:30 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was standing on the sidewalk on the 7400 block of South Evans Avenue when he heard shots and felt pain. He was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the upper right side.
Two people were shot about 6:45 p.m. in the 8400 block of South Muskegon Avenue but both told conflicting stories, said Kubiak.
An 18-year-old gang-affiliated man suffered a graze wound but refused treatment. He said he was walking in the 8400 block of South Escanaba Avenue when a suspect walked up and shot him, police said. The other victim, 19, told a different story. He said he was driving when someone pulled up and began shouting gang slogans and shot into his car, police said. He drove himself to Advocate Trinity Hospital where he was treated and released.
Police could not locate either victims for interviews after the shootings, Kubiak said.
One of the shootings happened about 3 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood. A 56-year-old man was standing on the corner when a passing car fired in his direction, police said. He fell to the ground in pain and discovered he was shot in his calf. He was taken to an area hospital and listed in good condition.
Earlier Saturday about 11 a.m., a 25-year-old man was shot on the 5300 block of South Laflin Street. He was wounded in the arm and hospitalized. Police said the Laflin shooting appeared to be gang-related, but witnesses were giving conflicting accounts of the event.
No one is in custody for any of the shootings. Calumet Area, Harrison Area and Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.
-- Deanese Williams-Harris
Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 @ 11:47:43 CDT (5570 reads)
An 80-year-old Army veteran shot and killed an armed man who’d broken in to the two-flat where he and his wife live in East Garfield Park early this morning and fired at him.
He did what his son said “he had to do” after having vowed not to be victimized again following a robbery months earlier.
Neither the man nor his wife was hurt.
He was questioned by police and released without any charges being filed.
The dead man has a history of drug and weapons convictions. Police said they are continuing to investigate.
When he returned home, the man, 80 — who walked with the aid of a walking stick and wore a T-shirt emblazoned with President Obama’s face and name — told a reporter he didn’t want to talk about what had happened.
His 57-year-old son, though, said his father was “sorry that it happened, but it had to be him or us.”
The son said the intruder, armed with a pistol, came in through a rear window and ran up a rear staircase, banging on his locked door before running downstairs and being shot in a confrontation with the older man.
The intruder shot first before the veteran fired back and killed him, the son said and police confirmed.
“Evidently, he missed,” the son said of the intruder. "My father had no choice. It was him or the other guy.
“I heard boom-boom-boom, and there he was by the back door,” said the son, who was upstairs sleeping at the time of the break-in shortly after 5 a.m.
Walking slowly from the police car that brought them home, the couple returned to their home at noon. They slowly climbed the steps to their front door and went inside.
A couple of months ago, the man — a Korean war veteran with three children and six grandkids — had been robbed at gunpoint at his home by three intruders, his son said. The robbers took $150, he said — and his father bought a gun and vowed never to be a victim again.
“If homeowners can’t have guns to defend themselves and their families, there’s going to be more home invasions,” the son said. “My father’s glad he had a weapon. He did what he had to do.”
The son said he recognized the intruder from the neighborhood.
Though police hadn’t publicly identified the dead man, his mother said it was Anthony Nelson, 29, of the 3300 block of West Walnut.
Nelson had a history of drug and weapons convictions and was last released from prison in December, Lenora Nelson said and Illinois Department of Corrections records confirmed. Nelson was free on parole, the records show.
Nelson was studying to be a carpenter, his mother said, and was due to start a job next week clearing out homes.
She said he ate his favorite dinner with her Tuesday night — steak burritos — and that she hadn’t seen him since 9 p.m.
Of the man who shot her son, she said she has “no feelings for him at all.”
Neighbors applauded the elderly man’s actions.
“It’s a good thing they had a gun, or they might be dead,” said Curtis Thompson, who lives next to the couple.
Thompson reflected on the break-in and added, “It could have been us.”
“I’d have done the same thing," said another neighbor, Audrey Williams, who has known the couple for more than 40 years. "They say we've got to give up our guns. But that's crazy."
The break-in happened at 5:22 a.m., according to police, when an armed man entered the home in the 600 block of North Sawyer Avenue on Chicago’s West Side, awakening the homeowner, who shot him.
Neighbors said the elderly couple are longtime residents of the block.
“They’re a nice, loving couple,” another neighbor, Shaquite Johnson, said of the elderly man and woman.
Posted by ShaunKranish on Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 11:11:05 CDT (5542 reads)
The son of an elderly Army veteran who shot and killed a would-be burglar early Wednesday morning says the situation exemplifies why Chicago's law banning guns is flawed.
"That's an open door for people like this suspect to enter people's homes, especially [the] elderly. They can prey on them," said Butch Gant.
Earlier Wednesday, Gant's father, an 80-year-old Korean War veteran, who has not been identified by police, heard sometime trying to break into his East Garfield Park home through a window.
"He hit first floor window," Gant said. "He hit once, then hit it again. Daddy got full view of him and fired. He had the gun by his bedside."
The first shot missed the intruder, but the homeowner shot again and connected, killing Anthony Nelson, a former convict.
Gant's father said he was protecting his 83-year-old wife and their 12-year-old great-grandson, who was asleep in the house. It was the second time in six months someone had tried to break into the home.
Nelson had a criminal record dating back to 1998 that included numerous drug and weapons convictions. He lived about a mile away.
Police questioned the homeowner at the station but escorted him home around noon. No charges will be filed.
Friends and neighbors have pledged support for the octogenarian.
"In my house I would do same thing," said 75-year-old neighbor Audrey Williams.
His family is hailing him as a hero.
"He protected his family and that accounts more than anything," Gant said. "He saved all our lives, the whole family."
Posted by ShaunKranish on Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 10:43:26 CDT (4691 reads)
We have endorsed only four candidates in Illinois for the upcoming election in November. These endorsed candidates have proven they are committed to our right to keep and bear arms and its protection under the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
We wanted you to know that one of our candidates who's also a member of ICarry, Mr. Joe Walsh who is running in the 8th US Congressional District in Illinois, appreciates your support very much. Joe is a Founders Club member of ICarry.org - the first candidate in the upcoming election to join ICarry as a member - so you know where he stands on the Second Amendment!!! He wants to represent you in Washington D.C. and it is our belief through our conversations, meetings, and public events with Joe, that he is THE candidate not only for the 8th district, but he's someone our country can be proud.
Joe Walsh, running as a Republican, is a true reformer and "tea party" type candidate. He has not served in office before, he's simply one of the people. He has real problems like everyday people - for example his house is undergoing foreclosure right now. He's always been upfront about his foreclosure and bills, but recently his opponents have been trying to smear him.
That's not going to happen! Joe stands for FREEDOM - that means less government involvement and control over our decisions, less government spending, less paperwork and bureaucracy, and more choices to live our American dream. He's against the bailouts, the taxes, cap and trade, and forced government healthcare socialism. While ICarry.org exists for the purpose of firearms rights, we also stand behind freedom in general.
We believe Joe is the most outspoken and supportive candidate of the Second Amendment out of all candidates running for a federal office in Illinois. Want proof? Not only is he willing to bear the ICarry.org name proudly as a Founders Club member, but ICarry.org is planning the FIRST Open Carry event in Illinois history and we invited Joe and he excitedly said he would be HONORED to be there and speak!!!! He isn't gun shy!! Hell, maybe he'll even be open carrying himself.
His opponent in the 8th district, Democrat Melissa Bean, voted for the bailouts and everything else. She is not a friend of gun owners, but will instead vote with her party lines to restrict gun ownership. She won't go to town hall meetings because she knows everyone is sick and tired of government interference in their life (healthcare, etc). She won't publish her tax return like Joe Walsh has done. She won't answer questions. She'll continue to represent the corporate interests in Washington and throughout the world that are bringing our beloved country to its knees in regards to FREEDOM and prosperity.
When I look at Joe, I don't see a polished politician. I see a regular guy who like me isn't perfect. He's going through a foreclosure, not running to the bank depositing bribes like the corrupt politicians in Washington. Like me, he sincerely cares about his country and about freedom. That's why he's BEATING BEAN IN THE POLLS right now! Every recent poll I've seen shows him ahead.
We're sending this email out because we wanted Joe Walsh to know that we support him because he supports our freedoms. It should have been expected that his opponents would try to smear him, but he hasn't done anything to deserve it other than stand up for his country in a time when just about every politician in Washington needs to go. Melissa Bean is one of those. We hope that in this next election not only Joe Walsh gets in office, but a hundred more like him.
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Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 @ 14:36:51 CDT (1944 reads)
The Federal Government has no constitutional authority to regulate firearms. How then have all these federal laws been passed and enforced? What about all the new laws that are always hanging over the heads of tens of millions of peaceful gun owners?