July 11, 2013
Rep. Monica Davis, a Chicago South Side Democrat, has demanded that the Governor of Illinois deploy the State Police and the National Guard on the city’s violence-wracked streets.
“I am requesting with this press conference that Gov. Patrick Quinn order the Illinois National Guard (and) the Illinois State Police (to) come to Chicago and work with our mayor Ron (sic) Emanuel to provide safety for the children, ” Davis told a local CBS news station.
“I’m calling for the National Guard to come to Chicago and ride up and down these streets,” she said.
Davis suggested Gov. Pat Quinn appoint a task force to “guide the behavior of the National Guard. We don’t want them to have us fearing them also. We want them there for safety and protection,” The News Gazette reports.
The 13 term Democrat insinuated that recently passed concealed carry legislation will lead to more violence.
“I said to his staff that I’d like to meet with the governor and talk about this issue of violence, and then we can talk about this issue,” Davis said. “And I have yet to get a response.”
Davis has said allowing residents to legally carry firearms will be akin to a return to the days of the Wild West. “I, too, like the John Wayne movies,” Davis said during debate on the legislation. “I like those movies about the Wild West where everybody’s carrying a weapon and everybody’s shooting at each other. We don’t live in those days any more… America is no longer the Wild, Wild West. I urge a no vote.”
Another Democrat state lawmaker, Rep. Brandon Phelps, said Chicago residents will “finally get to exercise their Second Amendment rights” with passage of a concealed weapon law. The law was enacted on Tuesday when the Illinois House and Senate moved to override Gov. Quinn’s veto.
Monique Bond, a spokesperson for the Illinois State Police, said law enforcement expects 300,000 applicants will request concealed carry permits within the first year.
“If the governor wants to get serious about crime, let’s find out about all the shootings going on in Chicago,” Phelps told the Chicago Sun-Times. “They’ve got the strictest gun laws in the nation, but they still lead in shootings and murders.”
Illinois is now the 50th state to allow residents to fully practice the Second Amendment.