Illinois town disarming citizens

April 6, 2018

For years, skeptics of gun control groups who believed the real goal was gun confiscation and repealing the Second Amendment were laughed off as they were espousing the Flat Earth Theory. Why, it was ridiculous to suggest that anyone would advocate revoking an enumerated right and confiscating legally-owned weapons of law-abiding Americans! Until the popular culture moved far enough left to drop the mask and start doing it openly.

And now, we have protest mobs and even a former Supreme Court Justice arguing that scratching a line through the Second Amendment would somehow revoke a God-given (not government-given) human right. And on Monday, the village board of Deerfield, Illinois, voted unanimously to ban a long list of currently legal rifles that fall under the nebulous term, “assault weapons.” Not just to ban the future sale of such guns, but to confiscate legally-purchased firearms currently owned by law-abiding citizens.

Gun owners have until June 13th to turn in their guns or remove them from the city limits, or face a fine of up to $1,000 per day. It will be challenged, as it should be, not only on Second Amendment grounds but because of the ridiculously disproportionate fine for possessing a legally-purchase product. Proponents claim it’s constitutional because similar local laws in Highland Park, Illinois, and in California, DC and Maryland were upheld by appeals courts and the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal. But that doesn’t mean that if they keep pushing the limits, the current SCOTUS won’t finally be roused to do its job and defend the Bill of Rights.


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Possibly the most prescient comment came from a citizen who told CBS that most of the arguments for the ban were based on emotion, not facts, adding, “Deerfield is a very crime-free community, and I don’t see how this is going to make it any more crime-free.”

Indeed, this may provide a good test of how effective gun bans are. Deerfield is just 25 miles north of Chicago, a wonderful example of how well both strict gun laws and decades of Democratic governance work. Now that Deerfield has become nationally famous for disarming law-abiding citizens, it will be interesting to see how long it remains crime-free.

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  • Mike G

    04/27/2018 11:51 AM

    The redcoats are coming!! For those who don't recall American history; The famous ride and slogan "the redcoats are coming" was a warning that the British were coming to confiscate their weapons. It was not just a warning that the british were coming to have coffee. Maybe its time to wake up America. Our rights are our rights!

  • Tim Mainord

    04/25/2018 08:23 PM

    Disarming law abiding citizens is unconstitutional and if memory serves... hasn't worked that well in the windy city.

  • Susan Margaret Zeller

    04/23/2018 11:35 AM

    Why aren't you and other good, much needed Conservative Republicans exposing Saul Alinky's blueprint ideology of "8 steps to turn any Country into a Socialist Nation?" I was horrified to learn of this two years ago and that 5 are solidly in place. The one the Socialist D Party want is to remove our 2nd Amendment and it is looks like it is starting in Deerfield, Illinois.

    "Remove their right to defend themselves from the government. That way they can create a police state."

    I would get Jay Sekulow on this case right away.

    My second question is this. Why isn't AG Jeff Sessions upholding this longtime Federal Law on the books which is violated daily by the Deep State and all individuals/groups trying to topple President Trump and our Republic? The details of these acts of treason are very clearly spelt out along with the consequences and punishments. Why have laws on the books if too many Republicans whom I consider to be RINOS don't care to enforce them.

    Section 18 Code #2384 SEDITION CONSPIRARCY! The name says it all!

  • Susan Margaret Zeller

    04/23/2018 11:33 AM

    Why aren't you and other good, much needed Conservative Republicans exposing Saul Alinky's blueprint ideology of "8 steps to turn any Country into a Socialist Nation?" I was horrified to learn of this two years ago and that 5 are solidly in place. The one the Socialist D Party want is to remove our 2nd Amendment and it is looks like it is starting in Deerfield, Illinois.

    "Remove their right to defend themselves from the government. That way they can create a police state."

    I would get Jay Sekulow on this case right away.

    My second question is this. Why ins't AG Jeff Sessions upholding this longtime Federal Law on the books which is violated daily by the Deep State and all individuals/groups trying to topple President Trump and our Republic? The details of these acts of treason are very clearly spelt out along with the consequences and punishments. Why have laws on the books if too many Republicans whom I consider to be RINOS don't care to enforce them.

    Section 18 Code #2384 SEDITION CONSPIRARCY! The name says it all!

  • Zelina worden

    04/18/2018 10:00 PM

    Let's see how long Deerfield has a low crime rate now!
    As for me. When they come for my gun, I'm gonna give them the bullets first. But I also live in a town where it is mandatory to have a gun in every house. As my bumper sticker says......'Better to have it, and not need it, than need it and not have it.'

  • patricia rentz

    04/12/2018 03:20 AM

    instead of taking the guns or removing them from the city limits, why don't just require each gun holder to get a gun vault where it can be kept safely away from everyone but him. No on is going to turn in any rifle that they purchased legally and this is just going to cause more trouble. Some will have relatives in another town or county hold it for them or others will hide them where the law won't find them. Either way, this is not the way to solve this problem. People need to start using common sense to our problems instead of rushing to a solution that isn't going to work to make everybody happy.

  • Kevin Schwinkendorf

    04/10/2018 06:18 PM

    Actually, firearms are not only protected by the 2nd Amendment (as "arms"), but I would think they are also protected under the 4th and 5th Amendments (as "property" - which cannot be taken except according to "Due Process"). Finally, property is "incorporated" into the 14th Amendment as well, so that State and local governments have to observe these Rights just as the Federal Government does. I once read that even though the First Ten Amendments ("Bill of Rights") were incorporated into the 14th, there was no "case law" that explicitly recognized the Second Amendment as being included in the 14th. That changed with the Heller (2008) and McDonald (2010) cases, which did recognize the 2nd Amendment as being incorporated into the 14th. So much for local governments "infringing" on our 2nd Amendment Rights!

  • jack macdonald

    04/10/2018 01:44 PM

    You have to give the Lefties/Progressives/ Marxists credit. They are regular bulldogs on the issue of getting rid of gun rights. Once they rid the constitution of the 2nd amendment, I am sure they will turn to the other 9 starting with the 1st and 4th. The forefathers were right when they forecast how easy it would be for the populace to go to sleep and for the tyrants to move in. Its happening at full speed.

  • Eric Williams

    04/10/2018 10:22 AM

    I know this is off topic, but I think it's about time that a conservative or Republican PAC, or Republican politician organize a rally for Trump in DC. We need to let the leftists know that we will not be bullied or threatened and that the voters that supported Trump, still support him, and the threat of a "blue wave" in November is just another way for the leftists and the media to try and dishearten republicans and keep them home instead of the voting booth in November. It backfired on the left in 2016 and it will backfire in 2018.

  • Charles Bates

    04/10/2018 08:10 AM

    I have said this before and will say it again. Is the ACLU hiding? They want the 10 Commandments and Prayer out of schools and government but allow this????? It about time that they are put in front of the people. They challenge small schools that can not afford to defend actions but want to hide when our rights are being attached on so many fronts.

  • Bob Gardner

    04/09/2018 03:07 PM

    AR-15’s result in less than 1% of homicides per year (or somewhere around that number). If Liberals want to reduce the number of teens being killed, let’s start REALLY enforcing texting-while-driving laws! Around 11 teens per day are dying in those accidents (not counting THEIR victims), which is almost as many teens as were killed in the Parkland incident. Instead of being afraid to go to school because they might get shot, they need to fear riding with a teen who is texting while driving!!!

  • Oscar Williams

    04/08/2018 08:15 PM

    So....I don't know how big or where Deerfield is, but I would assume(?) that the name implies some hunting connection. Now how are the hunters going to HUNT? What happens to the firearms businesses there? These morons are ruining the recreation and business of SOMEONE who lives there and has a family dependent thereon. What?...are they supposed to mow grass now?

  • Olivia Taylor

    04/07/2018 09:35 PM

    I thought federal law always overrode state and local laws (as in DOMA which was approved by states and "tossed" by the federal government). How, then, can this possibly stand?

  • Tom Botts

    04/07/2018 08:45 PM

    I believe in the saying from some years back- When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. I don't support violence, but if it came down to having to fight to keep my right to bear arms, I fear that blood would be shed. Let's pray common sense will return to this country before it's too late.

  • Sue Collins

    04/07/2018 08:03 PM

    Someone needs to vote some officials out. That is sick.

  • warren clinton rudy

    04/07/2018 06:53 PM

    What really angers me is when there are terrible shooting like in Florida and others the first thing out of the mouths of the liberal left and the main stream media is take the guns away from the law abiding citizens the people who agree with that have to be crazy themselves really they want to take the guns from honest law abiding citizens who don't commit the crimes. That is why I get so angry I have been around guns most of my life and I have never committed a crime in my life but you stupid people want to take our guns while the bad guys will still have theirs I guess they are to scared to go after the gangs and the people with stolen guns who could care less about our citizens so if you want to ban certain guns take them away from the criminals and not the law abiding citizens if you are to scared than call in the national guard or swat and let them take away the criminals who do these awful and senseless shooting. Leave our 1st and 2nd amendment alone. God Bless America!

  • Ronald K.Taylor

    04/07/2018 06:40 PM

    I have tried to reach the President thru his web sight, so he could reveal to the whole country on a regular basis the Real Big picture regarding the second amendment and the Genius of our Founding Fathers. The proof of there Genius was proven when the victorious imperial Japanese troops who just completed invading China at a loss of upwards of 10 million Chinese people, were ready to invade America on the coast of California. It was revealed on June 7th 1963, there was a meeting of surviving officers of the United States Navy and the Japanese air force that bombed Pearl Harbor, destroying Americas 6th Fleet. One U.S. Navy officer asked the top surviving Japanese officer why did Japan not attack the United States mainland, The Japanese officer replied they knew America had government sponsored rifle matches and local municipalities also sponsored rifle shotgun and pistol matches and Americans were privately and personally armed . They were not going to attack an armed and trained civilian population that kept these arms in there homes. There would be a gun behind every blade of grass. The gun hating Liberals in California should wake up and give the Founding Fathers a Big Thank You for stopping the invasion of California by battle hardened Japanese troops, that could have wiped out millions of Californians.
    Now, Mike Huckabee if there is any way to get this info to the President please help us all. More food for thought, America has a competent civilian rifleman force of 50 million and of those 20 million are a sniper class level, no force intent on Evil could win against such a awesome Force, if it be foreign or domestic .

  • Mary Adair Richard

    04/07/2018 06:07 PM

    Governor, after learning that our basic rights to privacy have been long ago confiscated, it is no surprise to me that they are now trying to confiscate our firearms. Unless and until, the likes of Zuckergerg, are held accountable for how they have invaded our rights to privacy, and therefore, free speech (it is evident now they have control the MSM and social media platforms in favor of the liberals) we will remain helpless unless we engage in the type of fighting that requires courage. I hope you and our president realize that we must be ever vigilant in our pursuit of truth and encourage true conservatives to seek out ways to communicate our ideas through alternate means of interactive news that does not only come from the major TV channels. I fear that social media has put every single conservative and their children at risk. These 2018 elections are going to be tougher still to fight but fight we must. Keep posting these comments and encouraging others to follow you both on T.V., via email, and radio. If we have to go door to door to convey these messages, then so be it. Education is key. Citizens must understand the definitions of the various firearms so that we don't end up with bills that pass through our Congress under the veil of secrecy such as that we have seen in Omnibus bills. In short, please educate the populace. I love your Saturday Night shows, you FB and Twitter posts (although I don't look much any longer) and ask that you spread your message in whatever way and in as many ways as is possible. Your sense of humor and approachable manner make you the perfect spokesperson for Christian, Conservative voices. Keep up the good work and please do what you can to protect our internet. Thanks and God Bless you and your beautiful family.

  • warren clinton rudy

    04/07/2018 06:00 PM

    In my opinion they are all traitors to our country the supreme court even said that it is a right of the people to bear arms so they better not come to my house. Some wacko kid named Hogg wants to take our guns and there are always followers but I am not one. God Bless America and our 2nd amendment rights to keep and bear arms.

  • Leroy Becker

    04/07/2018 05:07 PM

    Your statement "we have protest mobs and even a former Supreme Court Justice arguing that scratching a line through the Second Amendment would somehow revoke a God-given (not government-given) human right." really doesn't describe the situation. An unalienable right is an endowment from our Creator, which means it is an inherent trait that cannot be repudiated. Such endowments were instilled within us as a part of who we are when mankind was created; unalienable rights have existed throughout history and around the World, even under the most totalitarian systems, individual authority is not recognized under the kings system as described in First Samuel chapter 8, where the people rejected their Creator and wanted a king. Even baby Jesus and His Earthly family had to flee for their lives. Government really has no connection with an unalienable right, instead that is a connection with our Creator by His endowment. Such rights have limits, as described by the Ten Commandments and other scripture. Simply stated, if it isn't right in the eyes of our Creator, it isn't a right, never has been and never will be. Therefore responsibility goes with that endowed blessing of liberty.
    Such an endowment from our Creator does not automatically make it a right that is secured by our government. The exceptionalism statement in the Declaration of Independence tells us the purpose for our American government: "to secure these rights, governments are established" and that securing is what has given us our freedom and has made America exceptional. When an act of government
    either by way of court decisions, legislation, or constitutional amendments have secured an unalienable right, that right also then becomes a fundamental right, which means that the government must have a compelling reason before it can interfere with that personal freedom. But just as an unalienable right requires responsibility, so also does a fundamental right. Knowledge of right and wrong is the foundation upon which the founding document of this Nation was established, and when enough Americans no longer understand that, and do not know right from wrong, we will not have any fundamental rights. Many Presidents have said this in various ways. President Truman said that if we do not have a proper understanding of this, we will eventually end up with a totalitarian government that does not believe in rights for anyone except the State.

  • Carol M.

    04/07/2018 03:48 PM

    Mike Huckabee, My husband and I truly enjoy your show on Saturday evening. Thanks for having a variety during that hour and your commentaries are wonderful. Keep up the good work.

    God Bless,
    Rev. Carol M.
    OK. USA

  • Rod Oehring

    04/07/2018 03:27 PM

    This can not stand. This MUST be challenged. I do not own guns but I support gun ownership. I support strong background checks, but NEVER gun confiscation. I’m sure they will rake in lots of fine money from the criminals who will willingly pay since they will never turn in their guns. (Note sarcasm.) thank you.

  • Linda Robinson

    04/07/2018 03:16 PM

    In order to confiscate a weapon, there has to be a registry that tells them who owns what, and the police would have to enter a home to take the gun. Both of these are violations - of privacy and the law - yet leftists think both are acceptable. Nobody who believes in freedom will accept this, and those who do accept it are willingly giving up their freedoms!

  • david huckabee

    04/07/2018 02:56 PM

    Maybe this will be the first test for Patriots to stand up armed to those who are trying to use unconstitutional law to disarm them. And trot out those who are responsible for the stupid idea in the first place.

  • Lynn Morgan

    04/07/2018 02:52 PM

    It's time the gun owners of the United States used the protest method that the liberals have been using to divide the country, we could use to show the truth of guns and God

  • Kenneth Boyett

    04/07/2018 01:34 PM

    Just a thought.....Why not use the National Guard to build the fence/wall, every unit spends two weeks every year for training. Rotate those units to the wall locations and build the wall in one summer while having security there at the same time. Thanks for reading and I enjoy your show !

  • david huckabee

    04/07/2018 01:10 PM

    this is one of the scariest examples of unbridled power run amok. being a city near CHICAGO, proves the disease of the DNC leadership can spread into ANY community. what is to stop the ELECTED CRIMINALS from forbidding any 3 year old cars, pickups, JEWISH businesses, country music, shorts and T-shirts, flip flop shoes, AFRO HAIR STYLES, etc, etc, in their community. next thing will be MASS RALLIES and a stiff arm salute to the MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL. this song has been played before.

  • Shirley Costantino

    04/07/2018 12:45 PM

    COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
    (Mark Taylor’s Trump Prophecy, 4/28/2011)
    The Spirit of God says: I have chosen this man, Donald Trump, for such a time as this. For as Benjamin Netanyahu is to Israel, so shall this man be to the United States of America! For I will use this man to bring honor, respect, and restoration to America. America will be respected once again as the most powerful and prosperous nation on earth (other than Israel). The dollar will be the strongest it has ever been in the history of the United Staes, and will once again be the currency by which all others are judged.
    The Spirit of God says: The enemy will quake and shake and fear this man I have anointed. They will even quake and shake when he announces he is running for president; it will be like the shot heard across the world. The enemy will say, “What shall we do now? This man knows all our tricks and schemes. We have been robbing America for decades; what shall we do to stop this?” The Spirit says: HA! No one shall stop this that I have started! For the enemy has stolen from America for decades and it stops now! For I will use this man to reap the harvest that the United States has sown for and plunder from the enemy what he has stolen and return it seven-fold back to the United States. The enemy will say, “Israel, Israel, what about Israel? For Israel will be protected by America once again.” The Spirit says: Yes! America will once again stand hand and hand with Israel, and the two shall be as one. For the ties between Israel and America will be stronger than ever, and Israel will flourish like never before.
    The Spirit of God says: I will protect America and Israel, for this next president will be a man of his word; when he speaks the world will listen and know that there is something greater in him than all the others before him. This man’s word is his bond and the world and America will know this and the enemy will fear this, for this man will be fearless. The Spirit says: When the financial harvest begins, so shall it parallel in the spiritual for America.
    The Spirit of God says: In this next election they will spend billions to keep this president (Obama/Clinton agendas) in: it will be like flushing their money down the toilet. Let them waste their money, for it comes from and it is being used by evil forces at work, but they will not succeed, for this next election will be a clean sweep for the man I have chosen. They (the enemy) will say things about this man, but it will not affect him, and they shall say it rolls off of him like the duck, for as the feathers of a duck protect it, so shall my feathers protect this next president. Even mainstream news media will be captivated by this man and the abilities that I have gifted him with, and they will even begin to agree with him: say the Spirit God.
    ‘The Trump Prophecies’ book, by Mark Taylor & Mary Colbert (2017), pages. 58-60.

  • Annette Hamilton

    04/07/2018 12:43 PM

    That is terrible! Don't they realize most crimes involving guns are not done with guns registered in the criminal's name? Most are stolen guns. Law abiding citizens who buy guns don't usually go out and commit a crime with them. It's punishing the good guys because the bad guys are bad. That's just not right. I hope it is repealed.

  • James D Marshall

    04/07/2018 12:17 PM

    Government seeks more and more control over its citizens. Taking away guns will not solve the crime issue. It will merely make our citizens more vulnerable and controllable by those who do posses guns (the government and criminals). Criminal don't obey the laws. They break them. That is why they are criminals. I don't want to rely solely on local law enforcement to protect me and my family. They won't respond fast enough. I am a military veteran who served honorable and risked my life to protect the freedoms we enjoy. I don't support giving up those rights to the radicals who oppose gun ownership.

  • Dolores Fay Tamoria

    04/07/2018 12:15 PM

    This is a direct violation of the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

  • Vernon Hinz

    04/07/2018 12:15 PM

    Chicago has been nothing but the crime capital of the country for ever. I remember back in 1949 when I was a young fellow I went to Chicago with my parents to visit some relatives, my father and uncle were discussing the politics of Chicago. I asked my uncle (why don't you vote them out) My uncles reply was. ( what the crime machine wants it gets, if they need enough votes to stay in they just go to the cemetery, plenty of willing dead voters there.)

  • Leonard

    04/07/2018 11:48 AM

    Well, you start sliding down the slippery slope! As the camel that stuck it's nose into the house, get it warmed, till ultimately, the who camel was in. This and its being done as well to freedom of speech, the wicked can say whatever, but,the righteous are told to to shutup! Stand for Christ!

  • Sandra Lemley

    04/07/2018 11:37 AM

    I think if this does go into effect someone should put a gun shop, shooting range and gun storage right outside the city limits!

  • James Gensamer

    04/07/2018 11:26 AM

    This is what Germany did before trying to take over the world.

  • Nathan D Lofton

    04/07/2018 11:17 AM

    Former Military can draw lines too, just let them keep it up.


  • Wilma Ann White

    04/07/2018 11:05 AM

    So, the village board or Deerfield has must become dictatorial to their tax paying citizens overnight with their unanimous vote. Over night the citizens of Deerfield should fire/ impeach their board for not giving them the opportunity to decide whether or not they want to give the right of the board to legally make them turn in their legally owned guns that obviously have not created any crimes. They have taken the right of the people to dictate to them what they must do, not give them the right to vote. These widespread liberal, socialistic politicians are transforming America into a dictatorship country without a shot being fired and without the people being able to make the decisions they want to live by... wake up America, stand up for the Constitution and the freedoms American citizens now have.

  • Bob Miller

    04/07/2018 10:58 AM

    Absolutely ridiculous! Not only on the actions of Deerfield but on the non-actions of the courts. Where are the groups we pay money into that come against this nonsense. Where is the Supreme Court???

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    04/07/2018 10:58 AM

    The ability to fight against this kind of unfettered local government activity (tyranny) is why the second amendment exists.

  • Dennis Manzella

    04/07/2018 10:51 AM

    If the Individuals in the town that own said firearms allow anyone to confiscate their property shame on them! As CH said out of my cold dead hands that is the owners should have sent the town council at the time of their attack on the constitution no member of the armed forces of the US could back that up legally it is time that the NRA file a suit against this communist council.

  • Juanita Greene

    04/07/2018 10:46 AM

    I believe this is an illegal act and should go all the way to the Supreme Court.

  • Mike Street

    04/07/2018 10:34 AM

    I read this and it is against our rights and the law can't do this!

  • Catherine Haenze

    04/07/2018 10:26 AM

    Whether I had a gun or not, this is an assault on our Ammendent rights. Where would we be now if our forefathers had not had guns during the revolution? What goes next? Probably freedom of speech. Someone is bound to have their feelings hurt. After all, having blowhard-politicians silenced would certainly quiet our airways. But then, it would also require many reoirters to actually report the news rather than give us a one sided viewpoint (theirs). Were I in Deerield, I'd be looking for another place to live. This "little old lady of 78" would prefer to live where a trained-in-its'-use-gun-owner-neighbor could be there until the police could come. If we had our Christian values as our guide, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    04/07/2018 10:21 AM

    And until everyone who supports the 2nd amendment, without restrictions on what ARMS might be held, we will be cut off at the knees by the "politically correct" because their emotions speak louder than our rights.

  • Tom Williams

    04/07/2018 10:14 AM

    Being a former history teacher, I have been disappointed for the last few decades in the changes in what it being taught and how it is being presented to students. We must learn from history and understand why things happened. An objective study of history will teach us that when governments outlawed and confiscated guns it was to disarm any potential effective opposition to the arrogant tyranny of the ruling class. That and personal safety are what prompted the inclusion of the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution. Most opponents to gun ownership say they are against "assault weapons" but they do not even know what one is. At one time their attempted definition included any gun that was 50-caliber or greater. That definition meant my antique Civil War muzzle-loading single-shot musket was an assault weapon! I don't know if that is still in the definition or if an exemption for black powder guns has been added, but if the Deerfield definition has a similar qualification without the exclusion I would have to get rid of my historical artifact.

  • Sally Jones

    04/07/2018 10:01 AM

    It’s chilling what is happening in our country. My dad and brother hunted back in the day. It was our meat for the winter. I kept my later husband’s hunting rifle though I have no desire to use it. He was a former police officer. The way our world is going, I’m more inclined to consider, as many others are doing, a hand gun for protection. Right now it isn’t pressing, but our world is changing quickly.

  • Latricia Crum

    04/07/2018 09:49 AM

    So happy to see you point out that the right to arms is a God given right, it is just specified in the Second Amendment as well as in writings of George Washington. It is incomprehensible to think a mere city ordinance can revoke this right.

    Now that the city leadership has announced to the world they are going gun free, wonder how long before they see an increase in crime? I also wonder if there are exceptions to this ordinance. Will the city leadership be deprived of weapons and personal security details too or just the common people?

  • Lisa Simmons

    04/07/2018 09:37 AM

    Thought you might like this song:https://soundcloud.com/lisadsimmons/dont-california-my-texas-32718-432-pm

  • Marty Hill

    04/07/2018 09:28 AM

    Today it is everyone's rifles, tomorrow handguns will be their demand...or all ammunition will be banned. This will not stop with the rifles.

  • Mike Street

    04/07/2018 09:22 AM

    What is Deerfield planning on doing so it doesn't want it's citizens armed?