BELLEVUE, WA â€“ An 80-year-old Chicago man who defended himself and his family from a neighborhood thug this week could be criminally prosecuted, if Barack Obama had prevailed in a 2004 Illinois State Legislature vote on a measure to protect citizens who use handguns in self-defense even when their communities ban handguns.
â€œAs an Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama voted not once, but twice in opposition to Senate Bill 2165,â€ recalled Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
The so-called â€œHale DeMar Actâ€ â€“ named for a Wilmette, IL resident who shot a burglar with a handgun, a violation of Wilmetteâ€™s handgun ban â€“ was passed in March 2004 on a 38-20 vote. Obama was one of the senators voting against the measure. After disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich vetoed the bill, the Senate voted to override the veto on Nov. 9 by a vote of 40-18. Again, Obama was one of the opponents.
â€œThat measure is now law,â€ Gottlieb noted, â€œand it should protect a courageous Chicago resident from being victimized twice, once by the man who tried to kill him and then by the Daley administration, that wants to keep him and other law-abiding citizens disarmed. If Obama had had his way in 2004, Wednesday morningâ€™s hero would be todayâ€™s criminal.
â€œThe elderly gentleman used his handgun only after Anthony â€˜Big Antâ€™ Nelson fired at him and his wife through their bedroom window,â€ he continued. â€œBeing a convicted felon, Mr. Nelson had no business carrying a handgun, especially in the commission of an attempted home invasion. But of course, the Chicago handgun ban didnâ€™t stop him. An armed citizen did that.
â€œPresident Obama may claim to support the Second Amendment, but his actions tell a different tale,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œIn March 2008, he told a Pittsburgh newspaper that he opposes concealed carry. In addition to his anti-gun-rights voting record, as a state senate candidate, he supported banning handguns. These are not the actions of someone who believes in the right to keep and bear arms.
â€œA Chicago resident is alive today,â€ he concluded, â€œnot because of Obamaâ€™s 2004 vote, but in spite of it. His story is a text book example for striking down Chicagoâ€™s ban and restoring to its residents the ability to fight back.â€