BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today condemned the courts in Cook County, Illinois while hailing the actions of two armed citizens in Philadelphia, Pa., noting that in the former, courts have been allowing accused murderers out of jail for home electronic monitoring, while in the latter, armed would-be carjackers were shot by their victims.

Published reports say that “about 100” people charged with murder in Cook County have been released on home electronic monitoring. CCRKBA called it an “outrage,” considering the number of slayings reported in the county and City of Chicago in 2021.

“This is absolutely nuts,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb about the Cook County report. “More than 1,000 people were murdered in Cook County last year, including more than 800 killed inside the city limits of Chicago. The city and county combined are a slaughterhouse, and to learn that murder suspects are on home monitoring is quite possibly the dumbest thing we’ve ever heard of.”

But in Philadelphia, a legally-licensed health care worker used his gun in self-defense against an armed carjacker Monday night, shooting the suspect multiple times. Gottlieb noted this incident happened just days after a legally-armed Lyft driver shot and seriously wounded two carjackers, one of whom was armed with a shotgun and the other who tried to run him over. All three suspects in the two incidents were arrested.

“Armed citizens make a difference, which is what CCRKBA has been saying for decades,” Gottlieb observed. “While the Cook County courts may be exacerbating the problem of violent crime by allowing murder suspects to sit at home, a far different message has been sent to criminals in Philadelphia by these two shooting incidents.

“The problem with the Cook County approach is underscored by the case of Klevontaye White,” Gottlieb explained. “He was killed by Chicago Police following a standoff, after he escaped electronic monitoring. He had a gun illegally, and when police tried to arrest him on a warrant, he was killed.”

At the time he died, White was reportedly wanted on 15 counts of aggravated sexual assault with a firearm.

“Now that this outrage has been exposed,” Gottlieb observed, “nobody should ever again question why any good citizen living in Cook County would want to have a gun for personal protection. The two cases of citizens fighting back in Philadelphia with legally-carried handguns illustrate the need for guns in private hands. If good guys can win in Philly, they can also win in Chicago and Cook County.

“We agree with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who told a reporter the home monitoring program is not for people charged with violent offenses,” he added. “We understand most of these suspects don’t offend while on monitoring, but the Klevontaye White incident proved it can happen, and nobody wants a repeat.

“Maybe officials in Cook County should encourage their citizens to buy guns, get carry licenses and fight back,” Gottlieb suggested. “If they think being electronically monitored discourages criminal behavior, getting shot by an intended victim discourages such behavior even more.”

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