Apr. 12, 2013
Just days after the release of a video showing 62-year-old shopkeeper Luis Quizhpe fending off two armed assailants in his store with a baseball bat, Joe Walsh took to the radio airwaves, declaring that it’s time for Chicagoans to stop being victims, regardless of the current laws. Walsh is now being joined in that cause by musician and gun rights supporter Ted Nugent.
“We’re at a point in this stupid state where we need to begin to break the law,” Walsh said. Walsh suggested that, despite the lack of a concealed carry law in Illinois, citizens should no longer sit idly by and allow themselves to be victimized by criminals with guns. “It’s time for civil disobedience.”
“Yeah, the media is going to say I’m irresponsible. Yeah, the media is going to say I’m crazy. I don’t care if we don’t have a conceal carry law right now,” Walsh said. “There isn’t a law-abiding citizen in this city that doesn’t have the right to protect themselves … and if that means breaking the law to do it, we’re going to do it.”
In an interview set to air tonight, Ted Nugent told Walsh that concealed carry is a civil rights issue. “It’s time for a Rosa Parks from ‘We the People.’” Nugent said. “The law forbidding that black lady from sitting on that bus — her choice of seat — she had to at some point go, ‘I’ve had it. The law is evil. The law is against human rights.’ The Illinois gun laws are against the instincts and the rules of humanity. It must be changed as quickly as possible.”
Nugent went on to criticize Illinois lawmakers who have refused to loosed restrictions on guns in Illinois. “Criminals love Rahm Emanuel. Criminals love Governor Quinn.”
Shopkeeper Quizhpe and his brother-in-law were in the family’s store Tuesday afternoon when two gunman entered the store and demanded money. One of the robbers fired at least ten shots, injuring Quizhpe. The assailants fled after Quziphe attempted to fend them off with a baseball bat. Police have one suspect in custody, but the other gunman remains at large.
The incident unfolded the night before the U.S. Senate voted to begin debate on gun control legislation that has been proposed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, last December.