Obama Opposed Law Preventing Homeowners from Being Prosecuted for Using a Gun in Self-Defense

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Let’s set the scene.

On the night of December 29, 2003, Morio L. Billings was AWOL from the Army, in violation of his probation, and driving a BMW X5 sport utility vehicle he’d stolen less than a day earlier. The 31-year-old was staying with his mother in Chicago, but he wanted “blow and crack” badly enough to risk yet another jail stay. He had been taken into custody at least six times in 2003, with police alleging residential burglary, receiving stolen property (twice), driving while suspended (twice), auto theft (three times), and possession of a controlled substance.

Driving to Wilmette, a Chicago suburb, Billings parked the SUV on Laurel Avenue, a short walk from his target house on Linden Avenue, the same place he’d hit the night before. Last time he’d gone through the dog door, but he’d taken the keys (along with a Sony PlayStation 2, a TV set, and the SUV) before leaving. He “didn’t care if anyone was home,” he’d later tell police.

Hale DeMar, a 54-year-old restaurateur who had recently separated from his wife but was watching their two children that night, was asleep upstairs when Billings entered his kitchen.

Around 10:30 p.m. DeMar was awakened by the security system, which indicated a kitchen-door entry. Relying on the system to contact police, he grabbed the .38 and went downstairs.

When he got downstairs, DeMar saw a man in his dark family room. Since he “didn’t see any flesh,” he thought the intruder was masked. He was right. From the kitchen, DeMar fired two shots. One struck Billings in the upper left arm.

Two days after the break-in, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office released a statement declaring DeMar’s actions self-defense. But Illinois requires gun owners to keep a firearm owners’ identification card, and DeMar’s had expired in 2000. On January 8, 2004, he was charged with that violation, which carries a maximum penalty of a $2,500 fine and a year in jail.

Now Obama enters the scene, glowing beatifically,  with a halo under one armand a teleprompter under the other, in his role as the laziest member of the Illinois State Senate.

Hale DeMar, a 52-year-old Wilmette resident, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor violations for shooting, in the shoulder and leg, a burglar who broke into his home not once, but twice. Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against DeMar.

In March 2004, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 2165, a law introduced in response to DeMar’s case, with provisions designed to assert a right of citizens to protect themselves against home invasions, such that self-defense requirements would be viewed to take precedence over local ordinances against handgun possession. The measure passed the Illinois Senate by a vote of 38-20. Barack Obama was one of the 20 state senators voting against the measure.

Governor Rod Blagojevich vetoed the bill. On Nov. 9, 2004, the Illinois Senate voted 40-18 to override Blagojevich’s veto. Again, Obama acted against the bill.

Obama Inc has tried to pretend that their man isn’t an extremist when it comes to the 2nd Amendment. He always has been and he still is, especially now that he can stop pretending and show who he really is.

  • JacksonPearson

    King Baracky just signed a bill into law, granting him lifetime, armed secret service protection. Meanwhile, he wants to dictatorially obfuscate the 2nd Amendment, to make sure you can't protect yourself, or your family.

  • Elaine

    As an extreme leftist, Obama wants nothing more than to eliminate all of our Constitutional rights but particularly our right to practice our religion and our right to defend ourselves against a tyrannical government and criminals. A defenseless, silent populace is how tyrants and dictators gain and remain in power and Obama is a son of Communist/Marxist/Islamic terrorist/anti-America/anti-freedom radicals who has no qualms about his hatred of our Constitution, the rule of law, and freedom from government coercion and control.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    This is the same anti-American who ignored two ! Congressional initiatives to fund school safety programs during his first term! Now, no one with a straight face can claim that he cares about the safety of LAW ABIDING citizens. The kiddies either.

    Radicals do what they do best, and gaining total control is always their end game. Obama's too. As to the Constitution, violating the first and second amendments are in his (and his surrogates) sights – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/07/fiddling-with

    And after gutting the first amendment, he is grabbing/gunning for the second – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/27/dhs-americas-

    And the above is totally true.
    Case closed.

    Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Mary Sue

    Wow, not only is Obama an idiot, so is Blagojevich.

  • figment newton

    It's not incompetence.

    Everyone keeps talking about how incompetent this regime is.

    IT"S EVIL. It's designed to be failure because it's EVIL backed. They are just using the ruse of stupidity.

    • Elaine

      Finally, someone who gets it.

      Obama is operating under his EVIL plans-and winning. Everything he says and does and everyone he has selected to surround him is part of his evil plan to destroy the U.S. He has no soul, as all other successful dictators and has proven he will do ANYTHING to ensure his EVIL plan is carried out to the end.

  • Watcher 87

    O voted multiple times to let babies born alive (during an abortion) die without care. Like other totalitarian wannabe-dictators he has no problem sacrificing others' lives to his ideology – (Fast 'n' furious, Bengazi…??)

    • RedWhiteAndJew

      "You can't make an omelet, without breaking a few eggs," somebody once said.

  • Elaine

    Obama's record and life prove he is a soulless, worthless, rabid pro-terrorist who clearly despises the principles and values of the U.S. founded upon Judeo-Christianty and centuries of English law which are both enemies of his African, tribal hatred of liberty and human rights. He wrote a book called 'Dreams For My Father" which he outlined the fact he would carry out his father's dreams, making them his own, which were inherently anti-Western and anti-white. That is why Obama in every case in which his vote or opinion is known and expressed, is against any and all rights established by our Constitution and against and all forms of the rule of law. Obama's plan is to destroy the U.S., as it is in his mind, the child of the British empire colonialism that served to rape and steal the world's resources and wealth and enslave minorities. To Obama, it is payback time. The white man today is going to become the slave-his slave-and is going to suffer the sins of their fathers.