Skip to comments.Cop's Murder Has Some Thinking Of Carrying A Gun
Posted on 05/26/2010 7:28:19 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
CHICAGO (CBS) ― They are law-abiding citizens in Chicago, but they are so worried about their own safety, they say they might have to break the law.
The last straw was the death of Chicago Police officer Thomas Wortham IV last week.
That has some African-American families in Chicago considering doing something they never would have done before: carry a pistol.
CBS 2's Jim Williams reports he grew up among those families and he's never anything like it.
Many Chicagoans have been upset for some time about violence here, but Wortham's murder has touched a raw nerve in the black community.
Now some want to do more than simply call 911 or march for peace in the streets. They want their own gun.
Mike Robinson, who runs basketball camps, is hearing it.
"I've heard parents in my basketball camps express that very fervently, just over the weekend, that they want the right to protect themselves," Robinson said.
Estella Jernigan, works at a seniors center in Chatham, talked to an older man here who's taking a job for one reason.
"He said he was going to apply for a security guard so he would be armed." Jernigan said. "So he could carry a gun."
South Side resident and local school council member Shawn Gowder said, "I'm hearing that all over town - South Side, West Side."
Gowder, who said his mother had always been in favor of gun control, has now changed her mind.
"My mother, who is in 60s, now feels she needs to have a gun and she needs to take lessons so that she will be qualified in case somebody kicks in her door," said Gowder.
In middle class black neighborhoods like Chatham, people have voted overwhelmingly for Democratic politicians who have overwhelmingly supported gun control.
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Law abiding citizens wanting to exercise their rights because they finally realize they aren’t surrounded by armed guards like their mayor is.
Break the law. The city can’t arrest you all! Unjust laws deserve to be ignored and mocked. Gun control has racist roots anyway.
Gee, teh cops are in harm’s way, and on top of that have “no duty to protect” the people they serve.
Liable to be some “Deacons of Defense” units patrolling Chicago before long.
They've already got that right Mr. Robinson. The problem is they live in a city that violates the civil rights of black people with impunity. AND your community keeps voting them in to office year after year after year...
I suggest they just need more “community organizing”.
First thing they should do is ram a rifle up Daley’s ***.
Better judged by twelve than carried by six.
And remember to take it to the polling place the next time you go to vote for Daley and Obama! Idiots!
Anyone who relies on the police to protect them is looking to become a corpse. Police cannot protect you the can only document your murder.
Welcome to the People’s Republic of 0bama . . . comrade.
I can think of two people who would agree that citizens should carry regularly. Thomas Jefferson, and Malcolm X.
Democrats have been trying to disarm Blacks for 140 years.
About time they’re catching on. Maybe some will leave the Democrat plantation.
I wish the reporter had done a little research on the "statistics" the firearm-phobic person quoted about crime rates. I'll bet she wasn't real accurate.
Breaking the law? You mean like the government breaking second most important law in the country?