I know that you are all very much aware of the fact that the state of Illinois
is now the only state in the union of this great country that still denies it’s
citizens of the basic right of self- defense, by not passing Conceal Carry. Yes
we are now the total laughing stock of the United States.
We hear comments like, “Yep your city aldermen and Mayor of Chicago can all
carry concealed for their protection, but won’t allow their law abiding citizens
the same right, while criminals and gang bangers have all the firepower they
want to use against you, illegally of course, but still gives them the upper
hand over all their constituents.” Funny how what’s good for the goose is not
good for the gander!
You see every one of the excuses you use for not voting for Conceal Carry is
totally invalid. We hear silly things like, it endangers the ordinary citizen on
the street. Guess what, the carrying of weapons illegally endangers more people
right now, without conceal carry in place. Oh, you say I’m wrong? Pick up the
paper any day and read about the killings in Chicago by those very people.
Matter of fact why don’t you start a board in your office to write the tally’s
down. Remember where you ordered the board, because it will fill fast and you
will need new ones monthly, while you’re still deciding about that conceal
carry! Who do you blame for the tally by the way?
Then we hear more guns are not the solution—fewer guns are. Well you mind
telling me how you are going to tell the criminal element to please get rid of
their guns. I’m sure if they co-operate it would cut down on the killings, but
guess what—it isn't going to happen. However, so you know, wherever they have
passed conceal carry and the guns have proliferated in the hands of the good
guys, crime has dropped drastically. So that shoots holes in that theory and
really explains the truth and not just flapping at the gums with false
statements! It seems like when the good guy is armed, somehow the criminal
becomes very scared to do his dastardly deed.
Then another one we hear is that they have concealed carry in Arizona and it
didn’t help Rep. Clfford. This is probably one of the dumbest ones I have heard.
It is always made by people who know nothing about firearms or defensive
training—ALWAYS KNOW WHAT’S BEHIND YOUR TARGET!! You see people that have CC
permits know you don’t fire into a crowd—it only adds to the body count! Oh I’m
sorry most reporters and speakers of this statement know nothing about that,
another flapping of the gums. The only way the shooter could have been stopped
was the way he was stopped and it worked!
All of the states that have passed Conceal Carry have advanced it further. They
allow carry on school property, Texas on campus, Arizona considering on campus,
at work, at church, all over the place. Why? Simply because they realize over
the years that it works fine, no troubles, no problems etc. like you claim will
happen. If it were so terrible it would have been repealed, but instead it has
advanced to many, many more places.
So that brings us right back to you! None of you have given me one decent reason
to vote against this bill, except that you just don’t like guns! Well I’m sorry
you don’t, but it’s the law of the land—get used to it! The courts have told you
it over and over, but for some reason you refuse to obey the law!
Gov. Quinn please name me one state where this law has been a “public
endangerment” which you like to use so much for your excuse not to back it.
PLEASE just name me One--- just ONE! I thought so, so your excuse is just as
lame and feeble as the rest!
This bill can come up for another vote. I suggest all you legislators take a
real good look at how weak your excuses sound on the floor of the General
Assembly and do the right thing for the citizens of this state and give them the
right of self-defense. It would have been nice if the citizens of this
state could have something extra to celebrate this 4th of July, just as
Wisconsin will! They have been given the right of self- protection, while we
still maintain regular target status for every criminal out there. Do us a
great deed this fall—pass conceal carry this time around! If it doesn’t work, we
can REPEAL IT LIKE THEY DID IN ALL THE OTHER STATES WHERE IT DIDN’T SEEM TO
This article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the official position of the ISRA.