Otis McDonald (courtesy abclocal.go.com)

The Chicago man whose fight to overturn the city’s handgun ban went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the judges ruled in his favor to incorporate the Second Amendment (it now trumps local and state law), has died. Otis McDonald succumbed to cancer at the age of 80. May he rest in peace.

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46 Responses to Otis McDonald, Chicago’s Second Amendment Champion, has Died, Aged 80

  1. Val Halla awaits, M. McDonald.

    I never knew you, but our cause was, still is, and always shall be the same. Our cause is just, and we will all continue fighting in your stead though it will be undoubtedly very hard to fill your shoes.

    May you rest in peace.

  2. In their grief, may his loving family find solace in the fact that Illinois is a safer place because of his courage.

  3. Rest in peace, and thanks for the time used and the stress gained to fight for rights that should never have been infringed!

  4. We are forever indebted to you Mr. McDonald. Thank you for your courage and perseverance! Rest in peace.

  5. I live in Chicago. I just got my Illinois concealed carry license in the mail today. I have you to thank. Peace.

  6. Thank you, sir. Those of us in Illinois and all of the other states that required incorporation of the 2d Amendment to exercise our rights owe you a debt that I doubt we will be able to repay. Rest in peace.

  7. His courage and perseverance is a great example for us all. Before it had happened, there were plenty who would have called him a fool for even trying to get things changed. But he did so anyway, and how, Chicago is a safer place because of his efforts. May his legacy live on and my he rest in peace.

  8. May you rest in peace Mr. McDonald and may God be with your family as their mourn their loss and celebrate your life.

  9. what a wonderful and brave man. He deserves our thanks and gratitude and I really hope a national organization establishes a scholarship or some other tribute in his honor so I may make a contribution.

  10. Rest in peace, fellow freedom lover, and thank you for your service.

    Every DGU that saves a life or prevents a crime in Chicago will be this man’s legacy. His name will fade into history, but his legacy remains every time a law-abiding Chicagoan carries a firearm in self-defense. All gun owners owe this man a debt of gratitude.

  11. Did more than the hundreds of millions the NRA received to fight for our right. Some money should go to his family.

    • Except that the NRA also fought in this case. Advocates of record were Alan Gura for the petitioners (MacDonald et. al.) and Paul Clement for the NRA.

      It’s all fun and games for most firearms owners, but it’s a life’s work for many of the NRA’s professional staff. I get really tired of people pooh-poohing the NRA’s work when 1.) It’s a hell of a lot more than they’ve ever done for the cause and 2) They’re not even acknowledging that the NRA was even doing work in the first place.

      If one has not even read a comprehensive history of the NRA, including their political, judicial and apolitical shooting sports activities over the last century+, then one should hold back on such harsh opinions.

  12. There needs to be a statue of Mr. McDonald. Somewhere in Chicago where the likes of Daley, Emmanuel and McCarthy have to see it every day.

    • Now that would be awesome. It would be a return to the days when statues were erected and public projects were named for people who actually *did* something. This Celebrity of the Empty we seemingly worship today is utterly dismaying.

  13. A true civil rights activist. A man who cared about the common man and stood up to the ruling elitists, such as Bloomberg and Obama, who often violate the rights of the masses. RIP good sir.

  14. Well done good and faithful patriot. RIP

    Perhaps his family could use some support of the financial kind? Between cancer and a protracted legal battle, I’m sure money could be an issue. Any way of contributing to honor the man? It would be nice to speak with our treasure as well as our hearts.

  15. No more appropriate than Psalm 23

    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
    He leadeth me beside the still waters.
    He restoreth my soul:
    He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
    Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
    Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
    And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

    R.I.P. Dear brother Otis

  16. RIP Mr. McDonald. As an Illinois resident I thank you. If you don’t live here you have NO idea how hard it was to overturn Chicago’s gun ban. And thanks NRA.

  17. The key to immortality, is to live a life worth remembering. Your legacy carries on. May you rest in peace, good sir.

  18. “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek Proverb

    Let us rise to Mr. McDonald’s example, the best reward we can grant to a hero such as he.

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