Chicago ‘Anti-Violence’ Advocate’s Reason for Gun Ownership Sounds More Aggressive than Defensive
“Camiella Williams is an anti-violence advocate, who works hard to teach people other ways of dealing with problems, but she’s lost more than two dozen friends and family members to Chicago’s gun violence in recent years,” NPR virtue oozes.
That’s a lot. Outside of people who served in the military, I don’t know anyone’s whose life has been “lost” that way, and I’ve been around guns and “gun people” for decades. Would it be unforgivably judgmental and “privileged” to ask if any of that reflects on poor individual choices more than on the right of the people to keep and bear arms?
Williams seems to have made her share of such choices – from gang affiliations, to acts of violence, to her own “first” gun possession at age 12. Fantasizing about guilt of others with no evidence or about vengeful acts of lethal retaliation and chalking it up to self-diagnosed “collective trauma” don’t exactly speak to emotional stability. So who better to embrace the contradiction of being an anti-gun activist and a concealed carry permit bearer?
She brings to mind some others who have shared the cognitive dissonance, like:
- Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, “two ‘Stop the Violence’ organizers [who] allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition.”
- Jermalle Brown and Douglas Bufford, the latter accidentally killed by the former in a home invasion robbery in an apparent attempt to supplement their income handing out antiviolence pamphlets for the State of Illinois.
- Dwayne Ferguson, an “anti-violence activist” who illegally carried a gun onto school grounds and did not reveal to police he was the cause of the lockdown until three hours in and a second search.
- Hector “Big Weasel” Marroquin, founder of the city-funded group “No Guns,” and who was popped for trying to “sell an assault rifle, a machine gun, two pistols and two silencers” to an undercover federal agent, making it his second weapons arrest in as many years.
- Richard Hernandez, a CeaseFire “interrupter” who faced “36 counts of sexually assaulting and kidnapping a teenage girl while he worked for the program.” And who was “among at least nine employees of the anti-violence program to face serious criminal charges in recent years.”
- Joe Mammana, a “gun buyback” sponsor sentenced to eight years on felon-with-a-gun and tax charges.
- And there are plenty more “common sense gun safety” advocates whose own conduct resulted in the very “gun violence” they decry, including two straw purchasers for the Columbine killers, a Million Mom March sponsor who shot and paralyzed the wrong guy in an attempt to avenger her dead son, the president of a Million Moms chapter hiding drugs and a gun with a filed-off serial number from police executing a search warrant in a drive-by shooting investigation, and “Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher, who shot her “lover’s” wife in the face and thinks you can’t be trusted with semi-autos and should join the military if you want one.
Might a common factor be projection because these people know they can’t be trusted with guns?
In Ms. Williams case, let’s hope she continues her progress toward escaping her life conditions through education and achievement. And let’s further hope someone helps her understand that the reasons for owning a personal protection firearm are just that, and that she can continue to keep her darker speculations at bay.
And as long as wishes are being made, let’s hope she comes to understand the evils of supporting citizen disarmament and the politicians who betray their oaths to enact it. Listening to her, that does not seem likely, and it’s a cinch all those news outlets spreading her story and making her famous won’t help her with that.
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