It is not enough that gun activists are adding an astounding 50,000 guns to Illinois streets through maneuvering a Concealed Carry law through the legislature. They are not even satisfied! Why can’t we bring our guns into libraries, they whined as they marched to the state Capitol building yesterday. Why can’t we carry in Illinois parks and on mass transit? Our rights are being violated!!! Gun happy legislators have even tried to pass legislation to allow guns in hospitals and mental institutions. Right.
On cue yesterday Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, bellowed the gun lobby fiction that locations which ban guns invite crime. Does anyone believe shooters chose the Washington Navy Yard, Los Angeles International Airport or Fort Hood because they were “soft targets?” Because they had armed guards but not “armed citizens?” The mass shooters chose the targets because they had beefs against the institutions.
The “gun-free zone” contrivance is an insult to law enforcement personnel. By implying that the lack of armed citizens is the reason for gun deaths in a shooting, it actually equates cop wannabes with hired and trained law enforcement personnel who risk and give their lives for public safety.
The gun-free zone fiction is also an insult to the public’s intelligence and citizens who do not want to live in an armed camp. It pretends that mass shooters “just happen” like a fire or storm and instead of that NRA-driven laws armed Seung-Hui Cho, James Holmes, Jared Loughner, Wade Michael Page, Paul Ciancia and Aaron Alexis. They were all legal gun owners or, as the NRA likes to say, “law-abiding citizens.” Alexis legally bought his weapon days before his massacre.
Speaking yesterday at the demonstration, Mark Gampl, a member of the McHenry County Sportsman Association, said the concealed carry law, which bans weapons in schools, parks, government buildings, other public places and on public transportation, is too restrictive. “You give up more rights than you gain,” he said.
“We’re trying to get it [the law] to protect ourselves all the time, not just some of the time,” said Glen Garamoni, perhaps seeing some danger in school, parks and libraries the rest of us, who don’t feel the need to carry loaded lethal weapons everywhere, don’t see.
Even as the gun activists in Springfield cried about their fear of going into libraries without their guns, someone who looked like the next James Holmes, Adam Lanza or Wade Michael Page tried to enter a government building in Chicago. Police arrested Lumani Lubemba as he attempted to enter the Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago’s premier civic center, with a semi-automatic handgun, three, fully-loaded magazines, containing 15 live 40-caliber, hollow-point bullets and wearing a bullet proof vests and black body armor. Was he another “law-abiding” gun owner until yesterday?
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