Sshh…If you listen closely, you can hear it. There’s a pleasant, cool breeze blowing in the Windy City of Chicago. It’s basically the only thing you can hear right now beyond the big news headline. A Chicago Uber driver with a Concealed Carry License (CCL) permit is being hailed as a hero.
Where are all of the anti-gun cries right now? Where are all of the liberal tongue lashings that guns and gun owners are bad?
Usually, in Michelle and Barack Obama’s backyard (and AWC CEO, Bryce Stirlen) you can’t miss hearing, seeing, (and smelling) the hot air from the anti-Second Amendment sentiment blowing freely across Chicagoland.
Not since late Friday night.
That’s when a 47-year old Chicago Uber driver used his Constitutional Right, courage, and trusty shotgun to save lives on a Logan Square sidewalk. Prosecutors say he opened fire on a man he witnessed firing a pistol into a group of people in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue. Like a true CCL, he was a good shot, even under pressure.
22-year old Everardo Custodio was the only person injured in the confrontation about a block from his home. Police in the area heard the shots. They arrived moments later to find Custodio lying on the ground bleeding. A handgun was near him. He was sent to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with six wounds to his legs and lower back.
Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas denied bail for Custodio (pictured above by Cook County Sheriff’s Office). He is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, and illegal possession of a firearm.
The Chicago Uber driver was not charged. Assistant State Attorney Barry Quinn said in court on Sunday the armed citizen with the concealed carry permit “was acting in self-defense of himself and others.” Yes indeed.
In court records, Quinn said shortly before the shooting took place, the Chicago Uber driver had dropped off a passenger. He was parked alone in his car when Custodio began firing a handgun in his direction at a group of people in front of him. The armed citizen hero provided police with a valid concealed carry permit, and his firearm owner’s identification card (FOID).
Chicago had long been a gun-free zone. Only the police and the bad guys knowingly breaking the law were out on the streets carrying firearms. Though Chicago Police officials don’t care much for CCLs, this latest incident proves the legal right for citizens to bear arms saved the day, and saved lives. Since issuing concealed carry permits in 2014, the rates of violent crimes have dropped.
Uber advertises itself as “Chicago’s best way to request a safe, reliable, and affordable ride within minutes.” You never know when the price could be your life. Therefore, we hope you get the service and protection of the 47-year old Chicago Uber Driver Hero from Little Italy…with his concealed carry permit.
If you do, don’t forget to tip him and say, “Thank You Sir.” You won’t have to talk too loud. The liberal winds in Chicago aren’t howling right now.