If you are a home invasion burglar or rapist let me direct
you straight to the upscale Chicago suburb of Wilmette, IL to enhance your career. The folks in this town are really wealthy. The young women are Grade A Choice. The folks here are all unarmed! This village has banned handguns for its residents. Wilmette provides great opportunities and easy pickin’s just for you. Why risk life and limb anywhere else?
34 year-old, Mario Billings is a man who knows! Oops! Three years ago there was a little glitch in Billing’s exciting career as a home invasion robber. You see he picked the home of Hale Demar to burglarize twice! The second time the outrageous Mr. Demar had armed himself with a handgun despite Wilmette’s ban. When Billings returned the second time, that awful Mr. Demar used that illegal gun to hurt this poor man!
The good news was that the long arm of the law swung into action and arrested Mr. Demar who was punished for his indiscretion. Wilmette officials could not charge Demar with more serious charges because state law still allows deadly force for self-defense. They let him off with a slap on the wrist.
Whatever trouble poor Mr. Billings got into after he was released from the St. Francis Hospital, it was not enough to keep him down or out. Mr. Billings was released from the honor farm on August 25th.
The resilient Mr. Billings resumed his chosen line of work in the safe Village of Wilmette. Something else went wrong this time when he was arrested for another home invasion on the same block as the Demar household.
I can’t understand Mr. Billings now. He invaded the Demar home twice before, why didn’t he just let himself back into that home again? Didn’t Mr. Billings believe that Hale Demar learned his lesson and now keeps his home free of those evil handguns? Mr. Billings missed his chance to get even with that mean Mr. Demar for shooting him.
My message to Mr. Demar is the good cops in Wilmette are just waiting to catch you with another gun!
The moderates in the Illinois Legislature offered a fix to pervent future gun ban prosecutions discovered as a result of someone using justifiable self-defense. This was too little and too late to help Hale Demar.
Here was the legislature's response to the Wilmette miscarriage of justice. They also overrode the governor's veto. The worthless,US junior senator from Illinois (Obama) voted against this perfectly reasonable legislation when he was in the Ill. Senate.
Illinois (720 ILCS 5/24-10)
Sec. 24-10. Municipal ordinance regulating firearms; affirmative defense to a violation. It is an affirmative defense to a violation of a municipal ordinance that prohibits, regulates, or restricts the private ownership of firearms if the individual who is charged with the violation used the firearm in an act of self-defense or defense of another as defined in Sections 7-1 and 7-2 of this Code when on his or her land or in his or her abode or fixed place of business.
(Source: P.A. 93-1048, eff. 11-16-04.)
Here’s what WLS-TV had to say.