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After Shooting, Chicago Democrat Advocates Residents Get Guns and Carry Permits

July 17, 2019

AP Photo

LaShawn Ford has served as an Illinois State Representative since 2007.  Like his fellow Chicago Democrat General Assembly members, he has been a fairly consistent vote against gun rights since, well, forever.

But he recently appeared on radio station WLS-AM encouraging residents to arm themselves and get their carry licenses.

What caused Rep. Ford’s sudden, very public change when it comes to guns? Could it be the “come to Jesus” moment this past weekend outside his home that left one man dead?  Or was it the fact that his car was riddled with gunfire during the incident?

Regardless of the reason Ford has changed his way of thinking, we welcome it. His constituents deserve the proven personal defense benefits of firearms ownership and concealed carry.

WLS-AM has the story of what happened outside Ford’s home:

After another violent weekend that saw eight people killed and at least 32 others wounded, one lawmaker is taking action by encouraging his constituents to arm themselves.

Bullets from a shooting that left a 22-year-old dead in the Austin Neighborhood on the West Side Sunday also found State Rep. La Shawn Ford’s (D-Chicago) car. …

“I think about it all the time,” Ford said of the shootings that plague his community. “That’s why I’m working with a concealed carry instructor and we’re going to go through the neighborhood and we’re going to encourage people to get their concealed carry license because it makes no sense for people not to have the protections that they need.”

You’re absolutely right, Rep. Ford. We’ve been saying the same thing since the beginning of time.

Better late than never for you to notice the proven benefits of firearm ownership for good guys and gals. We’re glad to have you on our side.

8 Responses to After Shooting, Chicago Democrat Advocates Residents Get Guns and Carry Permits

  1. george b on July 17, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Did this really happen or is this a joke?

    Before the passage of the FOID card Chicago had a strong PRO-Gun culture. Chicago high schools even had shooting clubs; heck they even voted Republican.

    There were around 200 gun dealers in the city and many of them sold mail order but the passage of the FOID card and 68 GCA put a stop to them.

    If the people of Chicago start to re-embrace the 2A we may actually be able to restore lost gun rights to the State.

    I’m not going to hold my breath over this but lets at least hope.

  2. Scott on July 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    I hope his constituents can afford the time and money to qualify for it.

    • Peter,Lawrence on July 18, 2019 at 11:00 am

      His constituents and the rest of us in IL.should not need time & money
      to “qualify” for a right.

      • Otto on July 18, 2019 at 7:15 pm

        Po people, costs money to exercise our 2nd A rights in this state.

  3. Borson Premischek on July 19, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Any of the good people of Chicago who decide to arm themselves and get their CCL had better get an education beyond what the crap CCL classes teach you. Like brush up on the Illinois gun and self defense laws. Did you know that Illinois is a duty to retreat state? It ain’t. Illinois is a stand your ground state. But you wouldn’t know that from listening to some of the idiots that hold CCL training classes in Illinois. You’d think they’d know! Ha!

  4. Rick O’Chet on July 19, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Can’t wait to see how he votes this fall.

  5. William Harrison on July 19, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Regardless of just about everything else, the best way to survive a gun fight is to not be in it. That differs from Stand Your Ground, but being able to choose between them is not always possible.

  6. Steve Martinez on July 24, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Is this fake news. Or real news if so hope he votes the right way