Chicagoland Mayor Ditches Bloomberg’s Gun Control; Embraces Concealed Carry


A Chicagoland mayor is embracing concealed carry in a very personal way, revealing he’s parting ways with an influential gun-control group after learning the group’s agenda goes far beyond its implied purpose of taking guns out of criminals’ hands.

Larry Morrissey, mayor of Rockford, Ill., a Chicago suburb, announced at a town hall forum Saturday he had dropped out of Mayors For Illegal Guns, the gun-control group begun by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, after realizing the group is more interested in infringing on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights than in making sure that criminals don’t “illegally” get their hands on firearms.

“The reason why I joined the group in the first place was because I took the name for what it said – ‘against illegal guns,’” Morrissey said. “As the original mission swayed, that’s when I decided it was no longer in line with my beliefs.”

Morrissey, who won election in 2005 as a political independent, said he’s received death threats since taking office, and had so far availed himself of extra protection offered by the Rockford Police Department in order to keep himself and his family safe.

But he believes citizens should have the power to keep themselves safe, regardless of whether they have the luxury of a police detail. He told the a crowd of more than 200 that he intends to apply for an Illinois conceal carry permit — an announcement that garnered him a roar of applause.

“Any doubt that I might have had in my opinions about concealed carry when I first came into office changed quickly as I became an elected official and became very familiar with the types of crimes we’re dealing with,” he said. “The focus should not be against law-abiding citizens… I don’t want to put my family’s life at risk or my own life at risk if I can otherwise protect myself.”

H/T: Rockford Register Star 

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • JimH

    Rockford is 80 miles from Chicago. (suburb?)
    Once you get out of Crook County (with Springfield being an exception) the rest of Illinois isn’t like Chicago.
    If Illinois could secede from the Great State of Chicago, we would stand a chance.

  • MikeO48

    This situation is typical. Look at Colorado. The state is run by Denver, Boulder and other very liberal communities on the front range. California is run by Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Washington state is at the mercy of Seattle. Get rid of the liberals in the big cities and you have decent places to live.

  • SheepDogLEMIL

    yes Rockford is 80 miles WEST from Chicago’s borderline of Harlem ave its a far suburban town! Who cares what a mayor of a population of 30,000. thinks?! If it took him this long to figure it out the democratic party is dumber that I thought and worse off than the low information voters who vote them in scarey but true!

    • CWA

      Sheep, it would be helpful if you were to identify the town with 30,000 population. I know that it isn’t Rockford, because the last time that Rockford had a population as low as 30,000 was in 1900. The population has been greater than 150,000 for the last fifteen years.

  • Geno

    Yes if chitcago was fenced off Ill would be fine.We live on other side of state near the missippissie river and we dont have the shooting they do there.And they have strick gun laws.Dose know good to many thugs there why do think Obummer is the way he is know good snake in the grass

  • Alan

    Another one comes to their senses. Good for him. Now if we could just figure out some way to flush the remaining excrement in that pool of liars down the toilet all would be fine once again.

  • jdn

    Well soon enough the populations on the east and west coast of this country will be unarmed . Should make it a lot easier for any invading force that lands on our shores while our military is tied up overseas .

    • MargaretJacobson

      We are being invaded by millions of illegals from about 49 countries ( read online last year) . The military is no help !! We need to help ourselves !!

  • mathis1689

    Well at least he seems to have some common sense. That’s quite a novelty for a politician these days-especially one from a suburb of Chicago.

  • ChuckS123

    Proofreading – Rockford is 87 miles from Chicago – not a suburb. Lots of farmland between them. Maybe Ben Bullard’s mistake.

    I am glad the mayor wised up. Rockford populaton 153,000 and the metro area is 348,000. Maybe big enough to have a small inner city crime problem.

  • rbrooks

    there are no exceptions to the 2nd amendment. if you support the exceptions, quit complaining when you are included.

  • Richard Gibbard

    I do believe that this is what is called an epiphany. May many more follow among elected officials.

  • CWA

    Rockford is NOT a suburb of Chicago! We are 80 miles from Crap City. There are FOUR counties between Crook county and Winnebago county. If you are too stupid to look at a map and take in reality, stop writing. You have insulted several thousand people today.


    Good to hear that one mayor has come to his senses and rejected that little nazi jerk in NYC…So far he and his ilk have not given up their own tax paid security, so leading by example is not a option for these cowardly little jerks….