At a time when the hypocrisy of the political class has become something which is almost taken for granted, there are still some occurrences in which the pattern of “do as I say, not as I do” reaches humorous proportions.
Consider the case of Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter (D-17th district; pictured), the vociferous opponent of the right of citizens to “keep and bear arms” who has now been charged with a felony after allegedly attempting to board an airplane with a concealed handgun in his possession.
Trotter was arrested on December 5 when an agent of the Transportation Security Administration observed that a .25 caliber Beretta pistol was concealed in Trotter’s carry-on bag. Instead of his scheduled trip to Washington, D.C., Trotter went to jail facing federal charges. He was released the next day on $25,000 bail.
According to press reports, Trotter, who has served as a state senator since 1989, had been considered the leading candidate in the race for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., who announced his resignation on November 21.
Trotter attempted to explain the presence of a gun in his carry-on luggage through an appeal to his job as a security guard; as the ABC affiliate station in Chicago reported on December 6: “Assistant state's attorney Lorraine Scaduto said Trotter told police he left his job as a security guard late Tuesday and forgot the gun and ammunition were in his garment bag. The senator has a FOID card and was licensed to carry the weapon on his job. However, Scaduto told the court the gun was not registered in the City of Chicago.” Trotter’s employment-related license to carry provided the state senator with a right enjoyed by very few people in the state of Illinois: the ability to legally carry a weapon for his self-defense outside his own home. Illinois is the only state in the Union which still has no provision for concealed carry, and Sen. Trotter has been a vehement opponent of Second Amendment rights — including the right of concealed carry.
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Photo of Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter: AP Image