Just in case you thought the post-Supreme Court McDonald decision fight for gun rights was done and dusted, the Illinois legislature sent a stark message to those who’d exercise the “bear arms” part of the Second Amendment. The proposal to allow The Land of Lincoln to join the other 48 United States that recognize the right to armed self-defense failed to achieve the 71 vote super-majority it needed to head to the Governor’s desk—who had pledged to veto HB 148 (another story). The anti-concealed carry legislators’ pre-vote rhetoric was just about as asinine as you’d expect—providing you’re the kind of guy who expects Mr. Bean-like levels of intellectual acumen . . .
Rep. Monique Davis, D-Chicago claimed she “couldn’t get beyond the violent deaths of Chicago police officers”—despite the fact that the cops were shot down by criminals (not legal gun owners) and all the IL chiefs of police were in favor of concealed carry save Cook County. What’s more . . .
“I, too, like the John Wayne movies,” Davis said. “I like those movies about the Wild West where everybody’s carrying a weapon and everybody’s shooting at each other. We don’t live in those days any more… America is no longer the Wild, Wild West. I urge a no vote.”
And I vote no for the remake of the Wild, Wild West. And if you want some really low-rent entertainment, wait ’til you hear the huzzahs from The Brady Campaign via the Huffington Post et al.
NRA Lobbyist Todd Vandermyde—the man who fought them in the trenches and fought them on the beaches—sent us a quick post-mortem. “I’m just wore out. The antis seem to be gloating on this that they beat us, but them getting their tails whipped 2 – 1 is nothing to gloat about.”
Which, as I mentioned, will not stop them. Vandermyde and the pro-carry forces will be back (obviously). Perhaps they can pass a less conciliatory bill next time ’round, as this one failed to exclude Cook County crooks from exercising “discretion” over the permitting process.
Meanwhile, let’s not forget that it will not be any more difficult for criminals to obtain guns today than it was yesterday, or for the last decade. Nor will it be any easier for Illinois’ residents to defend themselves against those criminals. In fact, the politicians who denied Illinois residents their Second Amendment rights will be responsible for leaving Americans defenseless against violent crime.
Check this from, of all places, the aforementioned Huffington Post:
On Tuesday, State Representative John Cavaletto told the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee that concealed weapons could save lives. He told a disturbing story about the murder of his daughter-in-law, and said that she could still be alive today if she were allowed to carry a weapon.
“I had a daughter-in-law walk three years ago on a Saturday morning and she never came back home,” Cavaletto said, according to WJBD Radio. “She was hit by a car and drug into the bushes. The man came back a few hours later and stabbed her 13 times . . .
I always said if Michele had a gun in her fanny pack when she went for a walk she may have been able to save herself. She lived on a farm and knew how to shoot a gun and if she would have had one things may have been different.”
And someday they will. Just not today.