The U.S. Supreme Court recently found that an individual has a constitutional right to possess and carry a firearm for self-defense. Mayor Daley was quick to denounce the finding. Others have since weighed in on the issue locally. To make sense of what it means for Chicago, John Maki of the Windy Citizen spoke with a uniquely qualified expert on violent crime in the city, David Carter. Carter grew up in Chicago's housing projects. He was on his way into a life of drugs and violence by the time he reached his teens. He served a five-year sentence for armed robbery before he hit 20. Shortly after his release from prison, Carter killed a man with a knife. He was sent back to prison and served 15 years of a 30-year sentence for homicide.
Carter is now 52 and has been out of prison for almost 15 years. He has a hard time finding stable employment and constantly struggles with homelessness, but he has made himself into a model citizen. When Maki ask Carter what changed him, he becomes philosophical as he discusses his past longings to be a true gangster.
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