Any day now, the Supreme Court will rule on a case that could dramatically expand gun rights in the United States. The case is, unsurprisingly, backed by the National Rifle Association. But it has also generated support from typically liberal public defenders, like Sharone Mitchell Jr.
Mitchell is the public defender for Cook County, which includes Chicago — a city with some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Growing up on the South Side, Mitchell was raised to believe that guns are dangerous and harmful, and that was reinforced by his experiences as a public defender and gun control advocate. But those experiences have also led him to believe that gun permitting laws are harmful.
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