Illinois is the last state to legislate conceal carry. Appropriately interpreted by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, I call it the Citizens’ Militia gun rights act.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed legislation for conceal carry in Illinois, blasting them for negotiating away public safety to appease the National Rifle Association. (NRA). In December 2013, a federal appeals court ruled the state’s ban on carrying concealed firearms was unconstitutional. Governor Quinn put up a good fight to prevent conceal carry from becoming Illinois law. In the end, the NRA won.
“Despite my objections, members of the General Assembly surrendered to the National Rifle Association in the waning days of session and passed a flawed bill that allows people to carry guns in establishments that serve alcohol, and allows people to carry unlimited guns and unlimited high-capacity ammunition magazines,” the governor said in a written statement. “It was wrong on May 31 and it’s wrong today.”
Some good did come out of it. The legislation allows for business owners to ban firearms on their property as long as they post signs indicating they don’t allow guns. I saw such a sign yesterday posted on a bank.
In the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Gov. Pat Quinn appeared on national television and declared that Illinois doesn’t have a “stand your ground” law like Florida and “we don’t want it.” Illinois has justifiable homicide statute. Some say it is generic, saying that a person who is attacked is justified in using deadly force “only if he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or another, or the commission of a forcible felony.” Lawyers depend on decisions by the Illinois Supreme Court. Read the rest of this entry
I saw this on CNN and when they said the children were screaming that their mom was trying to kill them, my heart dropped. I’m glad that they were saved.
Originally posted on Courts & Sports- Listen. Learn. Laugh.:
The Orlando Sentinel reports that paperwork has been filed at the Seminole County criminal courthouse setting forth that Zimmerman says he is giving up his promised fight to make the state pay his legal bills and the hearing on sanctions based on allegations that the State violated rules of discovery.
The docket sheet provides that on February 20, 2014, a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal of Any Future Hearings and All Pending Issues was filed in Zimmerman’s criminal case.
Have you ever had classes, such as algebra, and found that when school was finished, you forgot formulas because in your everyday life, you never used that part of math?
Many years ago a brother in Canada named Ken Sheck commented in forums on Compuserve. That is how we met. He shared something that sticks with me to this very day. Man learns by doing. From classrooms to the kitchen, to jobs — everything we learn comes by doing – exercising – practicing. When it comes to love however, most of mankind makes the mistake of thinking that we learn love by receiving it and once receiving love, we then learn to love in return.
There is nothing that man has ever learned to do without doing it. Read the rest of this entry
On November 30, 2013, End Stand Your Ground blogged on the case of Ronald Westbrook. We re-blogged it here.
72-year-old Ronald Westbrook suffered with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. He wandered away from his home and was shot four times and killed after ringing the doorbell and turning a doorknob at a home in Georgia.
Think Progress now reports that Joe Hendrix, who killed Westbrook, will not be charged. Walker County, GA District Attorney Herbert “Buzz” Franklin explained his decision saying, “In interviews immediately after the shooting, Hendrix claimed he acted in self-defense. In Georgia, the prosecution bears the burden of disproving a self-defense claim beyond a reasonable doubt. After looking at the facts from Hendrix’ perspective, it would be impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Hendrix did not reasonably act in self-defense.” Read the rest of this entry
On February 1, 2014, we reported the case of Charda Gregory. That case occurred in Warren, Michigan in November, 2013. In that case, video from the jail shows that Charda was placed in a restraining chair that held down her arms, and police Officer Bernadette Najor proceeded to cut and pull on Charda’s weave that had been sewn into her natural hair, pulling out some of Charda’s hair in the process. It was a dehumanizing act of humiliation.
On May 19, 2013, in the LaSalle County, Illinois jail, 32-year-old Dana Holmes was arrested for DUI. Caught on camera are three male officers, and one female officer, dragging Dana into a cell and holding her down while the female officer strips Dana of her pants and the male officers strip her of her upper garments, leaving Dana naked on the floor.
The officers said that Dana was resisting arrest and kicked at them. The video does not support that, and neither does Illinois law. Illinois law provides that the accused held in jail can be stripped searched only when there is reasonable belief there is a concealed weapon or controlled substance on their body. They must be stripped by an officer of the same gender, and the strip cannot be observed by others. Read the rest of this entry
Since this re-blog consists of only a video, I’m embedding the video below in comments.
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~~created for “a blog that brings light to a dark world”~~
Horty of “It Is What It Is” has nominated Blackbutterfly7 for this award. I am honored and humbly accept.
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Lighthouses aid in navigation for safety and mark dangerous coastlines for safe entry. The term is also used for organizations dedicated to overcoming vision impairment. Blackbutterfly7 endeavors to shed light so those impaired by prejudices, hatred, and violence know that is not the correct path to life, liberty and happiness.