Quote from Chicago Area on Supreme Court case
Hale DeMar of Wilmette gained notoriety four years ago when he shot a burglar in his home and was cited with violating the village's gun ownership ban. The case was resolved when the state passed a law enabling courts to ignore local gun ordinances in cases where the weapon was used in self-defense.
"I understand the politics of it, but as a parent of two small children who was faced with that situation, I was glad to have the handgun in my house. I would do it again," DeMar said Thursday. The burglar "weighed more than 200 pounds. I'm a 60-year-old guy and I weigh 140 pounds. What am I going to do? Argue with the guy?"
As a state senator, Obama voted against a popular bi-partisan bill that would have prohibited prosecution of otherwise law-abiding citizens, such as DeMar, for violating local gun prohibition ordinances in Illinois if the gun was used to stop a home invasion by violent criminals.