Activist Camiella Williams is referred to by NPR as an “anti-violence” advocate, but she’s a gun grabber. She actively seeks to disarm the average American, and on one level, I can understand that. Williams has reportedly lost a large number of friends and family, and that would lead anyone to look for answers. Since the anti-gun mantra is the one predominantly pushed by the media, that’s what she was likely to find.
Camiella Williams is also a gun owner.
MITCHELL: Williams says she brought home her first gun when she was only 12. Over the next few years, she says she ran wild. But a lot of her friends started getting shot. And when she was 18, she had a baby, a boy.
MITCHELL: I got a closer look at this at her home. She told me about an incident there one evening this summer.
WILLIAMS: In front of my house.
MITCHELL: Right here in the driveway.
WILLIAMS: In the driveway. I could see my son riding back and forth.
MITCHELL: On his bike. Suddenly, she says, he came back. His hand was bleeding.
WILLIAMS: Like, what? Did you fall? He say, no, the neighbor shot me. I say, shot you? He was like, yeah, with a BB gun. And he knew who did it.
MITCHELL: An older kid, 18. Williams went right to his mother.
WILLIAMS: She tried to say, what you going to do, beat my ass? And I looked at her, and she said, you’re blowing my high right now.
MITCHELL: Williams tells me she seriously considered doing something she counsels others against.
WILLIAMS: Maybe I should grab my protection, my gun.
Mitchell is NPR’s Chip Mitchell who reported on this.
First, let’s be clear here. Williams supposedly bought her first gun at 12. That means she broke the law by purchasing that gun. It also means she, better than anyone, should understand that gun laws will not stop people from getting guns. After all, if a 12-year-old can buy a gun, it shouldn’t be too hard for anyone else to pick one up on the black market.
Further, she still has a gun while acting as a crusader against gun rights. That makes her a hypocrite.
Of course, she addresses that. When asked about the inconsistency in her position, she responds, “The people that will probably say that live in safe communities, never experienced the losses that I’ve experienced.”
No, Ms. Williams, they don’t. Not necessarily. I live in one of the poorest communities in the country, and one of the more dangerous ones in the state. When I call you a hypocrite, it’s because you’re advocating for a position on guns when you refuse to live up to it. Period.
What galls me the most is that she knows guns are the best means of protecting herself and her family. She knows that the mere presence of a firearm isn’t an automatic call to murder, though her even thinking about getting a gun to deal with a neighborhood dispute is a little troubling. Still, she didn’t act on it…just like tens of millions of other gun owners.
Of course, none of us bought our first guns on the black market.
Maybe Williams can use her experiences on the mean streets of Chicago to do something kind of revolutionary. Maybe she can actually work to combat the real causes of violence rather than disarming the law-abiding. You know, the people who don’t buy guns at the age of 12.