by Mark S. Mann,
On December 5, 2012 24 year veteran Democrat, Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter was arrested at Chicago O’Hare airport for trying to board a flight to Washington with a handgun. Apparently, Sen. Trotter neglected to remember he was carrying a Beretta .25 caliber pistol in his carry -on bag. Trotter was charged with a Class 4 felony, spent the evening in jail, and posted bail the following morning.
Assistant state’s attorney Lorraine Scaduto said Trotter told police he left his job as a security guard late Tuesday and forgot the gun and ammunition were in his garment bag. The senator has a FOID card and was licensed to carry the weapon on his security job. However, Scaduto told the court the gun was NOT registered in the City of Chicago. The case will probably be continued till mid to late January 2013. As of right now, it has virtually vanished from mainstream media coverage. What a surprise, and how convenient for Senator Trotter, who is asking for the charges to be dropped due to his special rights and privileges. I don’t know of any security guards that carry .25 caliber pea shooters as authorized duty weapons, do you? I do know that if you or I were in the same position, we probably would have had to have a much better explanation than Senator Trotter did for having the gun in his bag, and we would be in no position to be making demands about dropping the charges!
Trotter, an Illinois Democrat is running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the Illinois 2 nd congressional district. We all know about the scandal that marred and ended Jackson Jr.’s career, but what is not well known is that Jesse Jr. is an avid gun owner himself, in spite of all the restrictions of firearms ownership in Chicago, and the clearly anti-gun stance taken by the Democratic Party in the State of Illinois of which he is a member.
On December 10th, a Federal court struck down the Illinois State ban on concealed carry, the only such ban in the United States. This ruling by a Federal court was a major victory for gun owners in Illinois and the rest of the United States.
The Democratic machine in the City of Chicago, which sets the tone for all legislation for the entire State of Illinois, has agreed to fight to appeal the decision of the court, even though the court ruled this ban as unconstitutional. Chicago city government officials and district aldermen have been throwing a media fit over the Court’s ruling. Many city aldermen and Democratic Party officials are spinelessly whining that citizens legally carrying handguns will only increase the violence in the city with the highest rate of gun violence in America. Can you imagine this stupidity?
Most people do not know that Aldermen in the City of Chicago have the right to get a special concealed carry license for handguns, and many of them (most of whom are Democrats) hold these special carry permits. This is a fact! I lived in a suburb of Chicago for 5 years, and I have many friends on the Chicago Police Department. This is all public knowledge, but never discussed in the media. So how is it that these Aldermen who oppose and fight against the rights for concealed carry for their constituents are somehow subject to the same special rights and privileges themselves? Does this sound hypocritical to you? It sounds beyond hypocritical to me. It’s the ultimate hypocrisy, in my opinion.
Can you imagine that these same people spin and twist the honesty and integrity of a law abiding citizen’s right to self –protection in a city with the highest murder rate in America? Endorsing the insane logic that legally armed citizens will create more violence is the only response these political hacks have to logic and reason. This is the response these “Lawmaker’s” give to the public, while facts and proven statistics show that States which have concealed carry laws have lower crime rates. Do these idiots think that the drug dealers, gang members and violent criminals in Chicago will be lining up for their carry permits? Of course they don’t! They just don’t want YOU to have one!
Imagine all this, in a city with the worst crime, the worst gun violence and a police department that is understaffed by at least three thousand officers. A society that is legally able to defend itself is not dependent on a large and costly police force. If anyone municipality knows about being broke, and understaffed, Chicago should be high on the list. You would hope these facts and realities would leave the “Lawmakers” in Illinois more prone to a logical thought process concerning their constituent’s rights to self- protection, but this is not the case. The city of Chicago has endured over 2,300 shooting incidents in the last 12 months. Anyone that thinks the police can protect them in an environment like this is clearly out of touch with reality, or they have agenda. I am a part time police officer, and instructor. I will be the first to admit that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away!
There should be public outrage over this clear double standard by the people of the State of Illinois. This is a perfect example of how things work in our corrupt government system. If this does not perfectly illustrate the attitude of “Do as I say and not as I do”, I don’t know what does.
Stay Safe Friends,
Mark S. Mann