Oak Park’s Handgun Ban Remains Ineffective

As I’ve mentioned many times before, Oak Park, IL still has a handgun ban.  Oak Park decided to keep that ineffective and likely unconstitutional law on the books, even as other Chicago suburbs such as Evanston, Morton Grove, Wilmette, and Winnetka wisely repealed their handgun bans in 2008. As the crime reports for the last couple of week show, the Oak Park handgun ban is continuing to infringe the rights of law abiding citizens, while failing to stop the armed … Continued

Carjacking and Armed Robbery Continues in “Gun Free” Oak Park, IL

As I’ve mentioned before, Oak Park, IL has a handgun ban, which its politicians like to believe renders the village “gun free.” However, as the crime reports for last week demonstrate, Oak Park is far from “gun free.”  Instead, Oak Park’s handgun ban just ensures that the law abiding members of society are disarmed and vulnerable to the still-armed criminals:

McDonald v. Chicago Oral Aguments Today

Oral arguments in the McDonald v. Chicago case are scheduled to begin shortly, with a decision in the next few months.  This case, which will determine whether the 2nd Amendment prevents state and local governments from violating the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, is right up there with D.C. v. Heller in terms of importance to our gun rights.  Hopefully, this case will be decided in a favorable way, finally putting an end to the injustice of … Continued

Oak Park, IL Armed Robberies Continue – despite the handgun ban

As I’ve mentioned many times before, Oak Park, IL still has a handgun ban.  Oak Park decided to keep that ineffective and likely unconstitutional law on the books, even as other Chicago suburbs such as Evanston, Morton Grove, Wilmette, and Winnetka wisely repealed their handgun bans in 2008. As crime reports for this last week show, the Oak Park handgun ban is continuing to infringe the rights of law abiding citizens, while failing to stop the armed robbers who prey … Continued

Oral Arguments Date Set for McDonald v. City of Chicago

As reported, the Supreme Court has scheduled the McDonald v. Chicago oral arguments for March 2, 2010. This case will determine whether the Chicago handgun ban is an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Court will likely release its decision in late June or early July.

Robbery versus Theft: A Followup Discussion with Bill Dwyer

I’ve previously discussed how robbery is a violent crime against the victims person, and that this violence makes robbery far more serious than theft.  A couple weeks ago, I discussed the fact that Oak Park’s handgun ban doesn’t stop armed robbers from having a gun, but instead only ensures that law abiding Oak Park residents are deprived of the right to own a handgun for self defense.  I mentioned

Oak Park, IL Armed Robberies Continue – despite the handgun ban

For a while, it was a weekly tradition for me to discuss the armed robberies and other gun-related crimes that plague Oak Park, IL (a suburb of Chicago that has a longstanding handgun ban.)  After I moved out of the Chicago area, I stopped writing about Oak Park’s ineffective handgun on a weekly basis.  But, as I said when I moved, gun rights for the residents of the Chicagoland area remain a goal of mine.  With that preamble out of … Continued

NRA Files Brief in McDonald v. Chicago

The NRA has filed its brief with the United States Supreme Court for the McDonald v. Chicago case, which involves a challenge to Chicago’s handgun ban under the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution.  The NRA’s press release, and a link to their brief, can be seen below:

Supreme Court to Hear Chicago Handgun Ban Case (McDonald v. Chicago)!

The United States Supreme Court has decided to hear the McDonald v. Chicago case, which will decide whether the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms applies against state and local government, the same way it applies against the Federal government.  An NRA press release which provides more information is quoted below:

Oak Park Armed Robberies Continue – despite the handgun ban

For a while, I wrote almost weekly about Oak Park, IL, which is one of the few municipalities that still has a handgun ban.  As would be expected, criminals in Oak Park ignore the handgun ban, and prey on the defenseless and disarmed victims.  Since moving out of Illinois, I haven’t written about the Oak Park armed robberies as often – but they certainly have continued:

A Particularly Evil Armed Robbery in Oak Park

The “gun free” village of Oak Park, IL has seen plenty of armed robberies, as criminals laugh at the decades-old handgun ban.  Most of these robberies involve criminals threatening the lives of innocent people, while taking their money or car.  However during a recent robbery, the armed criminal took something much more precious:

Shooting, Armed Robbery in “Gun Free” Oak Park

The village of Oak Park, IL, which is one of the few municipalities that still has a handgun ban, continues to suffer gun related crime at the hands of criminals who ignore the handgun ban.  As a result, only the law abiding citizens are disarmed, leaving them more vulnerable to the still-armed criminals:

My Thoughts on an Unarmed Robbery in Oak Park

As reported, a 29 year old man from Chicago has been charged in connection with the February 3, 2009 robbery of an elderly and handicapped person in Oak Park, IL. Police allege that Ray Griffin, a 29 year old man who resides at 928 North Monticello in Chicago, followed the disabled and elderly woman out of a store and to her home on the 700 block of South Humphrey in Oak Park. Police say that Griffin then asked the woman … Continued

Gun Control Doesn’t Keep Guns Out of Criminals’ Hands: Three Chicago-area Examples

Gun control advocates believe that infringing the right of law abiding citizens to own a gun for self defense or sporting purposes will somehow prevent criminals from having a gun and using it to commit a crime.  The fact is that criminals ignore the laws that tell them not to have a gun, just as they ignore the rest of society’s laws.  A few recent examples from the Chicago area illustrate this point:

Oak Park’s Solution to the Armed Robbery Spree: Whistles

About once a week I discuss the village of Oak Park, IL, which has a handgun ban that keeps law abiding people defenseless, while failing to stop criminals from having guns.  In the midst of an armed robbery spree that has lasted over a year, Oak Park officials are now suggesting that residents carry a whistle, and to blow it in the event that a crime occurs.  My thoughts on this program are below:

Oak Park Police Chief Offers Safety Tips

As reported, Oak Park, IL Police Chief Rick Tanksley offered several safety tips, after a couple of women have been attacked in Oak Park so far this year (note that these attacks are in addition to the many armed robberies):

A Message to a Certain Village of Oak Park Official (and others who wish to contact me by phone)

Early this morning, a certain official from the village of Oak Park, IL left a comment on this website in which he or she discussed the village’s handgun ban, and a desire to speak with me.  He or she requested that I call him or her on the phone, because he or she did not have a non-work-related email account.  The official also requested that I not publish his or her name/position/phone#/etc. on this website.  While I will, of course, … Continued

Oak Park Armed Robberies Continue with No End in Sight

As reported, the armed robbery spree that has struck Oak Park, IL over the last year has continued for another week.  This is despite Oak Park’s handgun ban, and the laughable assertions by village officials that such a law makes Oak Park “gun free“.

Bill Dwyer’s Comments on LearnAboutGuns.com and Gun Rights

About once a week, I discuss the gun related crime in Oak Park, IL, which is one of the few municipalities that still has a handgun ban.  I get most of the crime reports from the Wednesday Journal, one of Oak Park’s local newspapers.  Bill Dwyer writes the Wednesday Journal’s crime reports, and he doesn’t seem to be a fan of gun rights (or this website).  He recently left this comment, which I replied to here.

Self Defense Shooting in Oak Park – despite the handgun ban

I write about Oak Park, IL a lot, because it is one of the few municipalities left in the United States with a ban on handgun ownership – a ban which criminals ignore as they rob, pistol whip, and shoot Oak Park’s defenseless citizens.  However there is good news this week, as one of the armed robbers who have been plaguing Oak Park was shot in self defense by a would-be victim:

This Week’s Crime in “Gun Free” Oak Park, IL

As I’ve mentioned before, Oak Park, IL has a handgun ban.  People such as Frank Vozak, who chairs Oak Park’s health board, erroneously think that that handgun ban somehow makes Oak Park “gun free.” Just as having a law against murder doesn’t make the state of Illinois “murder free,” Oak Park’s handgun ban doesn’t prevent criminals from having handguns or committing crimes.  The crime reports for this week (and just about every other week) make that fact abundantly clear:

Oak Park, IL: Another Week of Armed Robberies, in spite of the handgun ban

It seems that armed robbery in Oak Park, Illinois is becoming a weekly topic for me to write about, and since armed robbery is up 250% this year, I have had plenty of material.  This week is no different, with multiple armed robberies reported – despite the longstanding handgun ban which only serves to leave Oak Park’s law abiding citizens without a means of self defense:

This Week’s Armed Robberies in Oak Park – which occurred despite the handgun ban

As I previously mentioned, armed robbery in Oak Park, IL is up over 250% this year,  Instead of stepping up police patrols to protect residents, Oak Park is cutting back on police protection and wasting money trying to uphold their pointless handgun ban.  Since criminals like easy targets (such as unarmed Oak Park residents), the armed robberies continue:

Armed Robbers Steal $35,000 Worth of Jewelry in Oak Park – despite the handgun ban

As reported, a Chicago rapper and producer who thought he was scouting our some new talent was instead robbed of $35,000 in jewelry. The man was lured to a stairwell in an Oak Park apartment building on the 200 block of Washington Blvd and surprised by a man who displayed a silver semi automatic pistol. When the producer turned around, the another man pulled out a black 9mm handgun and robbed the man of his jewelry.  As with the countless … Continued

Oak Park, IL Cuts Police Protection and Keeps Handgun Ban as Armed Robberies Continue

The village of Oak Park, IL is one of only a few municipalities in the United States which still has a ban on the ownership of handguns for self defense, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in D.C. v Heller.  In spite of the decades long handgun ban, there are weekly (and sometimes daily) armed robberies in Oak Park, along with the occasional shooting.  Oak Park is also short on cash, but has decided to become embroiled in a lengthy and … Continued

More Oak Park Criminals With Handguns – despite the handgun ban

The village of Oak Park, IL has had a handgun ban for almost as long as this author has been alive. Despite this ban, under which citizens have been prosecuted for defending themselves against criminals, criminals continue to commit armed robberies just about every week.  This last week was no exception: