State Rep. La Shawn Ford’s (D-Chicago) has publicly encouraged residents of his neighborhood to arm themselves and pursue a concealed carry license. A member of the Illinois State Representative for 12 years, he and his fellow Democratic lawmakers have explicitly opposed gun rights. That is, until the last weekend.
On July 15, 2019, Ford went on air with WLS-AM 890 to explain what made him change his mind:
Bullets from a shooting that left a 22-year-old dead in the Austin Neighborhood on the West Side Sunday also found State Rep. La Shawn Ford’s (D-Chicago) car.
Ford tells The Mancow Show on WLS-AM 890 that he is encouraging his residents to arm themselves against the violence.
“I think about it all the time,” Ford said of the shootings that plague his community. “That’s why I’m working with a concealed carry instructor and we’re going to go through the neighborhood and we’re going to encourage people to get their concealed carry license because it makes no sense for people not to have the protections that they need.”
These statements come on the heel of a bloody weekend in which 8 people were killed and at least 32 were injured. I’m not happy that it took a death so close to home for someone to change their mind, but I’m glad he is opening his eyes.
I hope his future voting record will reflect just how important the right to bear arms is for American citizens. I also hope gun control advocates start to understand reality is not all sunshine and rainbows. Americans being able to exercise the 2nd Amendment is invaluable.