Like so many gun control activists, Camiella Willliams (above) doesn’t practice what she preaches. The Chicago pistol-packin’ mama shocked an NPR reporter recently when she exposed her own well-worn set of double standards. She admitted to him that she had bought…wait for it…a gun to protect herself and her family.
At the same time, Williams works diligently to keep other inner city residents firmly mired on the gun control plantation. The hypocrisy is strong with this one.
Nobody disputes that residents of Chicago’s inner-city neighborhoods endure high levels of violent crime. With 523 homicides already this year, Chicago continues to earn its Murder City USA nickname. Meanwhile, Windy City cops have identified suspects in less than 13% of homicides this year – and that 13% includes ‘gimmes’ like police-related and civilian self-defense homicides.
Camiella Williams grew up seeing that violence first hand. Not only did she admit to the NPR reporter that she’d bought a firearm, but she also acquired a concealed carry license for her own personal protection. That’s not, however, what she tells her neighbors. At least until now. Instead, she’s only told them them how she’s lost 23 loved ones to
gang “gun violence.”
And gun ownership isn’t anything new for her. She told The Trace she bought her first gun, a loaded 9mm, at age 12 for $25. Not long after, she started dealing dope in high school. Later, she became pregnant and eventually straightened her life out.
Pointedly ignoring the racist, classist and sexist history of gun control laws, she’s held up her life story as the foundation for her “guns are bad” shtick. She works day in and day out to promote gun control. Not for her though. The gun control she promotes is for the little people, the others.
But she avails herself of her constitutional right to armed self defense. She enjoys the proven benefits of firearm ownership for herself and her family.
Asked by the NPR interviewer about about the “inconsistency” of advocating for gun control measures while carrying a “weapon” herself, she said:
The people that will probably say that live in safe communities, never experienced the losses that I’ve experienced.
That’s right: she’s special. Her life and those of her loved ones count for more than yours.
We all know that guns save innocent life. The leaders of gun control orgs know the same thing. After all, if guns don’t protect innocent people, why would Shannon Watts hire armed bodyguards? At the NRA convention in Indianapolis, the Moms Demand Action communications director admitted that they hire armed security.
Why? To protect the moms from, as Erika Soto Lamb described it, “people on your side of the debate.” In the process, she proved that, once again, the only thing that stops bad people with evil in their hearts is a good guy (or gal) with a gun.
Moms Demand Action obviously aren’t the only civilian disarmament activists who preach one thing and practice another.
I’ve seen how Father Pfleger of Chicago’s St. Sabina church employs armed bodyguards on a regular basis – even outside of his church. Pfleger is pictured above at a protest outside Chuck’s Gun Shop in Riverdale, Illinois in 2013. He marches there regularly, advocating for gun control for the little people while bringing armed security for himself.
Not surprisingly, Camiella Williams has worked with Father Pfleger. Also not surprisingly, her hypocrisy doesn’t end with guns. She moved out of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods almost a decade ago. Today, she lives in the far safer suburbs.
One might say Camiella Williams’ life stands as a giant, ‘do as I say, not as I do’ monument to hypocrisy.
That’s okay, Camiella. While our family members’ lives are more important to us than you and yours, we will still selflessly and relentlessly advocate for your right to protect you and your family with the proven benefits of firearm ownership.