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Ralph Conner, head of CORE Chicago, ends a life of entrepeneurism and service

Ralph Conner in "No Guns for Negroes," a documentary explaining the racist origins of many gun laws.
Ralph Conner in "No Guns for Negroes," a documentary explaining the racist origins of many gun laws.
Still frame from JPFO's No Guns for Negroes.
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Illinois gun owners who knew Ralph W. Conner are remembering him as a friend this week after he unexpectedly passed away on Saturday at the age of 61. According to the Heartland Institute's press release, Mr. Conner's funeral will be held in Maywood, IL on Saturday, March 20.  See for more information.

Conner, former President of Maywood, Local Legislation Manager for the Heartland Institute and head of the revitalized Chicago chapter of the Congress Of Racial Equality(CORE), was a busy man who seemed to buzz from project to appearance to essay to interview at an impossible pace, but he was focused and eloquent advocate for the right to keep and bear arms.

We're sending a shout out so that people can know that there is hope for the inner city . . . when citizens have the right to stand in their own communities and to demand safety and to guarantee safety for themselves.
--Ralph Connor, Second Amendment Freedom Rally, Chicago

Under Conner's leadership, CORE Chicago worked with groups like the Illinois State Rifle Association and Illinois Carry to reach out to black and urban voters often taken for granted by Chicago Democrat politicians. Conner believed with a fierceness born of experience that anyone who lives in Chicago needs the right to defend himself . . . and that anyone who would deny that right is working against the interests of all people everywhere.  Conner did not accept that politicians have the right to tell people--black, white, or otherwise-- who live in urban areas that they must give up the right to keep and bear arms in return for the state's promises of protection.

. . . politically motivated, failed Chicago gun control policy, based upon reduction of legal gun supply, only protects criminals from the danger of citizens firing back.
--Ralph Connor, Second Amendment Freedom Rally, Chicago

Ralph Conner's family and friends will remember his warmth, his cheer, and his endless energy. Gun owners should remember all those things, but also his courage and his dogged insistence that the right to defend one's own life is a human right with no respect for artificial divisions of "race" or geography. He was right.  This week, death silenced him . . . but even death could not make him wrong. Thank you, Mr. Conner, for everything.

No Guns for Negroes, a documentary produced by Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership, exposed the racist origins of most American gun control to a wide audience. Click to view Part One, featuring Ralph W. Conner.


  • Carl Bussjaeger 5 years ago

    A fine man. He will be missed.

  • Brian McLaughlin 5 years ago

    A great force for the people. His absence will be felt.

  • Joyce Reese 5 years ago

    I will miss arguing politics and philosophy with Ralph. He was a great person and I feel privileged to have known him.

  • Chicago Gun Rights Examiner 5 years ago

    I wish I'd known him better. I only met him once or twice. I admired the man, but more or less from afar . . . and I foolishly assumed that we'd both have many more opportunities to speak over the years.

  • DocnChaos 1 year ago

    I totally agree with his philophy.

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