The Chicago Sun-Times profiled gun rights activist Rhonda Ezell recently. As a plaintiff, Rhonda has cost the City of Chicago a great deal of angst and expense over the years. Her Ezell v. Chicago lawsuits have twice killed local prohibitions – both real and practical – on legal live fire ranges in Mayor Rahm’s utopian paradise.
Despite the losses, Hizzoner still wants to heavily regulate legal shooting ranges. Meanwhile, criminals brazenly use his city as an open-air shooting gallery on a daily basis.
Rhonda Ezell represents freedom and self-determination for law-abiding inner-city Chicago residents. Sadly, most Chicagoland pols work tirelessly to keep residents liker mired in their gun control plantation. These low-information politicians practice insanity and magical thinking on a daily basis.
They believe that still more gun unconstitutional control will miraculously make Chicago safer…all evidence to the contrary. Never mind how generations of shameful gun control laws have failed to do anything except help protect violent predators from law-abiding residents.
It takes brave citizens to stand up to the Windy City’s gun control bullies. Rhonda Ezell has done that for almost a decade now, despite battling health problems.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago Guns Matter founder isn’t done with fight for a gun range
Rhonda Ezell was really sick.
Suffering from kidney failure, lung disease and other ailments, she didn’t like to venture very far from her South Side home.
But to obtain a new Chicago firearms permit to keep a gun in her home in 2010, she had to go through hours of training — and Chicago didn’t have any public shooting ranges within the city limits.
So Ezell, a longtime gun-rights supporter, drove to a northwest suburban range more than 50 miles away in Dundee to practice on targets.
On July 12, 2010, the city of Chicago’s new handgun ordinance took effect, and Ezell went to police headquarters at 35th and Michigan to apply for a permit. She wore a jacket with Illinois State Rifle Association patches. Other ISRA members were there, too, including Richard Pearson, executive director of the association.
According to Ezell, that’s when the group persuaded her to become the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against Chicago that successfully overturned a ban on gun ranges within the city limits.
“We talked about me having to go all the way to Dundee, and we concluded my rights were violated,” she says. “And Ezell v. Chicago was born.”
Thankfully, she’s not alone in her dogged opposition. The Sun-Times also recently profiled Guns Save Life’s Chicago regional director Alfreda Keith Keller, another brave woman fighting the Goliath of Chicago’s gun control machine.
If America had more courageous women like these two, gun control laws would soon be relegated to the dustbin of history. Where it belongs.