Amazing! There are some individuals in government who will take a stand from time to time. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to stand in the face the status quo and choose to say, “I will not enforce unconstitutional law against otherwise law abiding citizens.” This is what State’sAttorneys (SA) Ron Dozier from McLean County, and Mike Valentine,Edwards, County, Illinois, have chosen to do (Press Release).
Dozier clearly stated that,
"Every SA is expected to prosecute persons who violate the criminal laws of the State of Illinois within his or her jurisdiction. However, there are literally thousands of criminal laws on the books, ranging in seriousness from extremely minor to extremely serious. Because of both budgetary and time limits, every SA must set priorities on which cases to prosecute and which to not prosecute. The pursuit of a just result and the wise use of taxpayer dollars are major factors in setting those priorities."
He also quoted:
“The duty of a public prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict.” [Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.8. See also Berger v. U.S., 295 U.S. 78, 55 S.C. 629, U.S. Supreme Court, 1935]
“The SA is not merely a ministerial officer but is vested with a large measure of discretion. In the exercise of that discretion, he has the responsibility of determining what offense should be charged.” [Marcisz v. Marcisz, 65 Ill.2d 206, Illinois Supreme Court, 1976]
The Chicago Machine continues to stick its finger in the face of the Supreme Court and continues to rule Illinois with an Iron Fist against the wishes and rights of most Illinoisans. The elected State officials have the choice as to whether they are going to enforce these blatantly unconstitutional laws. Mr. Dozier's comment was, "So far, the City of Chicago and the State have done everything possible to defy, obfuscate and ignore the Court’s substantive rulings."
As I have quoted many times, "... the right of the People to Keep and Bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED." Need any more be said than that? It is time to confront present office holders and those running for office and ask them, “what part of SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED do you not understand? Are you going to support these words on their face as intended by the Founders, and as made clear by the highest court in the land?”
Mr. Dozier also implied that cases will always require specific review on a case by case basis, but that otherwise law abiding citizens will not be prosecuted. Another statement that is particularly poignant, "We are the only State to have a draconian FOID law that makes criminals out of ordinary citizens who have done nothing wrong except exercise their constitutional right to own a gun."
Dozier goes on to make it clear that, "Our message is this: we will no longer use the power and authority of our office to criminalize and punish decent, otherwise law-abiding citizens who choose to exercise the rights granted to them by the Second Amendment of the United States’ Constitution to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and their families." [Emphasis in original]
He encourages other SAs to join with him in returning our state to founding principles. I personally applaud his effort. It is time that We the People remove ‘offending’ (nice term) SAs across this state from their offices and replace them with people who realize their oath of office is to first and foremost, to uphold the constitutions of the United States and Illinois and to provide a frame work for justice, not just convictions.
These men and women and can help to bring justice to Illinois by neutering the Chicago Machine as they try to rule from their high rise ivory towers. One article stated that Chicago, even with its draconian gun laws, now has the dubious distinction of being the “Murder Capital” of the world. The Huffington Post had a recent article claiming that Chicago homicides outnumber troop killings in Afghanistan. All these numerous gun laws have done is cause the law abiding citizen to be helpless sheep with the wolves preying on the flock. The nice thing about it, if you are a ruler you can take training and carry. The rulers definitely have it figured out!
So my solution is to ask the not so hard questions;
- Will you join with other SAs and not prosecute otherwise law abiding citizens for gun laws which defy the constitution, such as FOID and carrying in public?
- Will you go on record with your answers?
That shouldn’t take too much courage, after all someone else is already leading the way, all the other SAs have to do is get on board the train and win by sheer numbers. That does not stop them from evaluating on a case by case basis, but at least it shows you will take a stand and that your heart is in the right place.
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