- - Sunday, September 25, 2016

There’s a lot of miles between downtown Chicago and, say, Valdosta. Illinois and Georgia are very different places, and the politicians who live there have a profound disagreement about guns. Illinois politicians take pride in their gun-control laws that enable gangbangers, killers and other thugs to rape, rob and kill all but unmolested in Chicago and its frightened suburbs.

Georgia, on the other hand, is a “gun friendly” state. Hillary Clinton and her mentor Barack Obama, Illinois politicians both, share the pride and no doubt the conviction that disarming the citizens makes Illinois a safer place to live than Georgia. Recent events in both states suggest otherwise.

Hillary Clinton was born and raised in neither New York, where she became a U.S. senator, nor Arkansas, where she failed to learn politics at the foot of a master, but in the posh Chicago suburb of Oak Park, a half-hour’s drive from the Loop. Last week thugs invaded a home in a suburb to rob everyone there. No one in the house was armed and when one of the guests tried to flee through an open window the thugs shot him dead.

Just about that time, a thousand miles away in Georgia, a similar home was invaded. The invasion ended very differently from the invasion in Illinois. There a woman was preparing for bed when three armed men broke down her front door and invited themselves inside. They were looking for money or anything valuable, but what they found was a valuable lesson, unlike anything their colleagues in crime found in Illinois. The Georgia woman took up her gun, rushed from her bedroom, aimed it at the intruders and, standing her ground as Americans do, emptied it. Two of the thugs fled and the other died a well-deserved death on her front lawn.

When the police arrived a few minutes later they praised the sharpshooter for her preparation and reaction to the home invasion. “She exercised her right to defend her life and property,” one of the officers said later. Perhaps Hillary should have learned about guns during her years in a place where a gun and the right to responsibly use it is valued and respected, and should ponder now whether Illinois or Georgia makes it possible for a woman like her to survive when her home is invaded by killers.

Eight years ago the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller, a landmark case, that the Constitution guarantees Americans the right to keep a gun in their homes to use to protect themselves and their families. Hillary says that landmark case was wrongly decided, and if she is elected president she will appoint Supreme Court justices who will vote to reverse it. We hear no applause from a certain household in Georgia.

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