The VFW in the Midlothian neighborhood of Chicago held a fundraiser to help pay to take WWII veterans to the new memorial in Washington, D.C. They did pretty well. The Post Commander, William Burtner, was on his way to the bank to deposit $2000 when he was robbed.
William had served two tours of combat in Vietnam. He had been active in his VFW post for 25 years. He had cancer, had undergone surgery, and was currently taking chemotherapy.
He was beaten, slammed to the ground, and his ribs broken. He died from the injuries.
Disarming the citizens means that criminals rove in packs, it means that the weaker, the slower, the older, and the sick are easy prey. Here’s a quote from the article in the Chicago Sun-Times:
The robbery outside A.J. Smith Federal Bank in Midlothian on Monday was similar to two other robberies that occurred in Oak Lawn last week. All three robberies targeted victims who just made or were about to make bank transactions.
If Mr. Burtner had been armed, would the outcome have been different? Perhaps. Perhaps the criminals that beat him to death would not have attempted the robbery at all. Perhaps he would have drawn his weapon and they would have run. Perhaps he would have had to shoot one of them.
The current outcome of Illinois law is a dead war hero, beaten to death on the way to the bank to deposit money raised for a good cause. How is that outcome moral?
The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference, they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.
— George Washington