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law on the books, even as other Chicago suburbs such as Evanston, Morton Grove, Wilmette, and Winnetka wisely repealed their handgun bans in 2008.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
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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:
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
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law on the books, even as other Chicago suburbs such as Evanston, Morton Grove, Wilmette, and Winnetka wisely repealed their handgun bans in 2008.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
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.
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
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
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:
As reported, a Mobile, Alabama woman fatally shot a violent ex-boyfriend who broke in to her home, hid in her bedroom closet, and attacked her when she returned home.
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:
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:
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:
As reported, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Chicago and Oak Park handgun ban:
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:
As reported, there were 3 armed robberies (and a variety of other violent crimes) in Oak Park, IL this week, in spite of the longstanding handgun ban:
As reported, there were two armed robberies in “gun free” Oak Park this week, in spite of the longstanding ban on handgun ownership that criminals consistently ignore:
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 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:
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:
It has become a weekly tradition for me to discuss the armed robberies and other crime that plagues Oak Park, IL, despite that village’s longstanding handgun ban. This last week was sadly no different, with 5 armed robberies and 2 unarmed robberies reported:
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):
During the last week, criminals have continued to show contempt for the Oak Park, IL handgun ban, along with the laws against carjacking and armed robbery:
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
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“.
As reported, criminals in Oak Park have continued their armed robbery spree, in spite of Oak Park’s misguided attempt to be “gun free”. Making matters worse, the robbers seem to be increasingly violent.
As reported, armed robberies continue to plague the village of Oak Park, despite assertions by village officials that Oak Park is “gun free.”
As reported, armed robbers continue to plague Oak Park, IL, in spite of Oak Park’s ill-fated attempt to be “gun free“:
Given the recent comments from an Oak Park newspaper writer, I thought this would be a good opportunity to mention the other interactions I’ve had with local news media:
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.
As reported, the village of Oak Park, IL has suffered additional armed robberies this week, as criminals continue to ignore the handgun ban. However there was one piece of good news that came out of these armed robberies.
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:
As reported, there were a pair of armed robberies in Oak Park, IL this week, despite the handgun ban. One was a bank robbery, while the other was an armed robbery committed near a Green Line (train) station:
I usually talk about the armed robberies in Oak Park, IL, which occur despite the decades old handgun ban, and village officials who make the flatly untrue claim that Oak Park is “gun free”. However this week there was a different kind of (very sad) gun abuse reported:
In keeping with the weekly tradition of discussing handgun related crime in “gun free” Oak Park, IL, I must sadly report that there were 2 armed robberies over the last week:
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:
As reported, Oak Park handgun ban continues to keep law abiding citizens vulnerable to criminals, while failing to prevent those criminals from having guns:
The Wednesday Journal, Oak Park’s local newspaper, ran a story discussing Oak Park’s efforts to keep its handgun ban. My response to that story is below:
This week there was “only” one armed robbery reported in Oak Park, although the criminals seem to have made up for it by beating and robbing some other Oak Park residents:
As reported, on November 1st, 2008 there were 3 armed armed robberies in Oak Park, IL. This is despite the longstanding handgun ban, which has disarmed Oak Park’s law abiding citizens, while not stopping the criminals from having a gun:
As reported, there was another armed robbery in Oak Park, despite the handgun ban:
It is no secret that Oak Park’s armed robberies are up a staggering 250% this year, in spite of the handgun ban. This week’s armed robberies continued that trend, and included a brazen armed robbery that took place right across the street from the Oak Park police station.
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:
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:
As reported, armed robberies in the village of Oak Park, IL are up a staggering 250% compared to 2007, and during the last 4 days, 3 Oak Park residents have been robbed a gunpoint in their own garages.
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
As reported, there were 6 more armed and strong arm robberies in the village of Oak Park, IL, in spite of the handgun ban. This should come as no surprise, given events in Oak Park:
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
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:
As reported, the armed robberies in Oak Park, Illinois are increasing, despite the more than 20-year-old handgun ban:
As the Chicago Tribune reported, a boy in Oak Park was robbed of his shoes, gym bag, cash, and iPod by a bicycle riding criminal at 12 Madison St, Oak Park, Illinois. The gunman rode up on a bicycle and displayed a black pistol, before relieving the teenager of his properly, valued at about $500.