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Obama Opposed Law Preventing Homeowners from Being Prosecuted for Using a Gun in Self-Defense
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 11, 2013 @ 6:12 pm In The Point | 9 Comments
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.
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.
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