By Dave Workman
Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter, the South Chicago Democrat who was arrested at O’Hare International Airport Wednesday for having a gun and ammunition in his carry-on bag, was to be in court today for a bail hearing, which ought to double for his resignation announcement.
Trotter came under scathing criticism yesterday from the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms for his gross hypocrisy. During his freshman term as a state representative, he pushed the Prairie State’s first legislation aimed at banning so-called “assault weapons.”
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb heard about Trotter’s misadventure ironically as he was at Seatac Airport, waiting to board an airplane for a meeting in San Francisco. After that momentary jaw-drop and eye-roll that usually accompanies hearing about something like this for the first time, he issued a statement that summed things up pretty well.
“A man who favored banning firearms for thousands of his fellow Illinois residents shouldn’t even have a gun, much less be packing one illegally into an airport,” Gottlieb observed.
He said the incident “demonstrated the monumental hypocrisy of gun control advocates who try to disarm average citizens while reserving the right to bear arms for themselves alone.” Gottlieb has flown with firearms, as has this columnist. It’s not that difficult if one follows the rules.
Trotter, until yesterday at least, was a front runner to succeed Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Jackson quit Congress recently after revelations about personal problems dogged him for several months. The anti-gun South Side Democrat was carrying a .25-caliber Beretta pistol and a loaded magazine in his bag. He reportedly told authorities that he had packed after working the night before as a security guard.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Trotter is employed as a security guard, which seems kind of an odd occupation for a man who was once senior administrator at Cook County Hospital and deputy director of the Cook County Board of Public Health.
Gottlieb gives Trotter no slack, however. He said Trotter should not even be serving in the state legislature, much less be running for a seat in Congress. The incident at O’Hare, he said, “underscores just how pathetic the anti-gun philosophy has gotten.”
Trotter isn’t the only anti-gun hypocrite. The landscape is full of them. Given enough time, they land in the spotlight.