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Dan Cox April 16, 2014 at 05:39 AM
21 year old woman RAPED in near Wrigleyville in Chicago. A brazen daylight attack by knifepoint.Read MoreLad ies, if you do not like the idea of being RAPED by a knife wielding attacker... then Conceal Carry and have the ability to tell him NO...very loudly!
Brian L. April 16, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Maybe if you use all caps more people will ignore that just having a gun doesn't 100% preventRead Morecrime. Maybe they will ignore that crime still occurs at very high rates in places like Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Maybe they won't wonder where all your Conceal Carry permit holders were to save this woman, since you have told us crime will slow down. Maybe they will realize that the little boy who was just shot in the city a few days ago by people in a moving van would still be alive, if only he had been carrying a gun. Your solution isn't a solution. It is just saying to let people die.
More 2nd Amendment=More Freedom April 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM
The bottom line is that we have a right to preserve our own lives and protect our families. HowRead Morecan we truly enjoy the blessings of liberty, if we cannot protect our own lives. If we do not possess the inherent right to life and the ability to protect ourselves, then we truly have no rights. In that case, our inalienable rights have been forfeited in favor of those who may do us harm. As a free society, we cannot allow those with a preponderance for criminal behavior to have the upper hand. If we do, this infringes on the very freedoms we hold so dear. In turn, those that have the potential and means to harm us or our families use things such as clubs, knives and guns. Logic would dictate that we should have access to the same means to protect ourselves as those who mean to harm us. As well, the threat of danger may occur outside of your home or property, thus necessitating the need for things like concealed carry. Further, The Supreme Court has recognized and affirmed that, as United States citizens, we do NOT have the Constitutional right to police protection. We cannot expect local police departments to protect us from every situation inside or outside our homes. Therefore, we have the right to defend ourselves and our families with things like clubs, knives and guns (what the bad guys use). This is clearly what the Constitution refers to with respect to guns when it states the "right to keep and bear arms" in the 2nd Amendment. Whatever you think of the NRA or the gun industry does not change our basic right to self protection. It also does not alter a man's right to freedom and self-defense. No rational human being wants to see a woman assaulted, children's lives threatened or endure severe bodily harm. No rational human being hopes to use deadly force against another. However, as a free society, we must ensure the right of each mentally-competent adult citizen to protect themselves, their friends and neighbors, their freedoms, and/or or their families.
Dan Cox April 13, 2014 at 05:37 PM
15 Murders and 35 people wounded in Chicago this weekend and not a one of them caused by an NRARead MoreMemb er, FOID Card holder or CCL License holder, Hmmm. Those criminal Gang Members just will not stop shooting each other and other people too! Now we have arrested most of them at least 4 times and they just won't pay any attention to the GFZ signs or Safe Passage signs that we put up!
Brian L. April 13, 2014 at 07:53 PM
But where were all the conceal carry holders to stop all this from happening?
stanley seigler April 13, 2014 at 08:45 PM
@Susan, "It's significantly insightful" +++ it's significantly ironic: there are lawsRead Moreagai nst carrying knives butt NRA lemmings cry foul re common sense gun control laws!!! +++ 'we the people' are a crazy, crazy, dumbA, group... >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> +++ nobody said i should understand and i DONT! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< understand how reasonable intelligent people can be duped by the greedy arms manufacturers.
Running55 April 13, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Gerald - Dan is a round lake resident who doesn't view Libertyville as Dodge City, but rather heRead Moreado res Libertyville and supports our local business weekly by eating at Burt's and driving into our village for all his rental car needs. We thank him for his support!! He just is a bit leery of places like picnic basket and Foss swim school because he is fearful that the bad guys are just waiting to get him. I met plenty of people who are afraid of rollar coasters and flying and with positive support and professional help they were able to get over these fears and live productive lives. I pray that Dan will someday experience this as well.
Dan Cox April 13, 2014 at 08:15 AM
I will exercise my Second Amendment Rights and I will be in Libertyville to go where I wish.Read MoreBusines ses with a GFZ sign are few and far between... so I simply go where people are not afraid of a law abiding citizen exercising their rights. Perhaps you and the folks at the Picnic basket... will seek help with your irrational fears.
Running55 April 13, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Dan - your not filing anyone you have stated before you would carry even if a sign forbids it. YouRead Morea re above the law. But again thanks for your business. You play a small part in keeping my taxes low and my kids schools top notch.
Sean G. April 11, 2014 at 12:52 AM
Alcohol, too much alcohol.
Dan Cox April 11, 2014 at 05:33 AM
Stanley, The solution is to not close the mental Health Facilities, like Governor Quinn and RahmRead MoreEma nuel have done. The solution is not to create laws that govern the law abiding populace in an attempt to control the mentally insane. The government has failed to protect us from the criminally insane and has in fact...forced us to live among them. You support this non-sense and advocate changing the Constitution, so the government can control the populace... because they have failed to control the criminally insane! Thomas Jefferson warned of people like you, Ben Franklin warned of you as well... "They who will sacrifice essential freedom, for the mere promise of security, deserve neither freedom nor security". All you have to do is look at Chicago and see the failure of "Gun Control". When handguns were Banned and you had to register all guns with the city... murder was at 800~950 a year! Until we improve our Mental Health system and the laws that are in regards to caring for the Mentally Ill... we will suffer.
Dan Cox April 11, 2014 at 05:44 AM
Property requisition Act of 1941, forbids the federal government from seizing guns or to requireRead Morethe registration of guns or to " impair or infringe in any manner the right of any individual to keep and bear arms'.
Brian L. April 09, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Way to pick a state where there is someone firing guns at cars for fun.
Dan Cox April 09, 2014 at 07:32 PM
Brian L. Somebody is shooting at cars in Chicago... everyday! Personally, I want to be able toRead Moreshoot back!
Brian L. April 09, 2014 at 11:38 PM
Going to find that sniper as you are driving 55 on the highway? Throw the scope on the handgun and Read Moretarget back? All I was mentioning is the day you write a post about lax laws, some crazy is shooting at people for sport. Those lax gun laws are definitely protecting those drivers. Their open carry surely made that sniper worried.
Dan Cox April 05, 2014 at 08:22 PM
It is wonderful to hear about a robbery victim putting the criminals on there heels and forcingRead Morethe m to flee for their lives!
marcus8182 April 05, 2014 at 10:37 PM
"BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Broken Arrow Police say a 2-year-old boy has died after he accidentally Read Moreshot himself with a handgun. It happened in the 3500 block of east Aurora Street. Officers responded just before 9pm Tuesday night. The child was taken to the hospital. The identity of the child has not yet been released. Police are currently investigating this as an accident. No word on whether or not any charges will be filed." ---- While you're doing your chest pumping over one would-be robbery being foiled, take a few moments to acknowledge that every year, approximately 500 children die because some adult couldn't figure out how to properly secure a weapon. And then tell the rest of us who can appreciate the occasional need for guns why you're so virulently against laws that would make sure that they and their owners are treated as seriously as we do automobiles and their drivers.
Dan Cox April 06, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Marcus8182, Blah, Blah, Blah... this is a nation of over 300 million people, a child has died inRead Moreeve ry county of every state from a drunk driver too.
Gerald Vigue April 09, 2014 at 02:24 PM
There are over 2,500 ammo and gun dealers advertising on the web just in Illinois!! There are overRead More5 0 gun manufacturers who come up on the web, just in Illinois!! Gun sales of 250,000 guns to Mexico generate $125 million per year from the USA gun dealers. There is an assault weapons manufacturer in Chicago. Americans are in love with guns so much, they never stop to think that less laws and more guns = more gun deaths.
Dan Cox April 09, 2014 at 03:45 PM
The sh!t is getting deep now!
Gerald Vigue April 14, 2014 at 12:11 AM
Here are some more disturbing facts about guns in America. It is a shame that Americans value guns Read Moreover the lives of its young people. Youth and Accidental Shootings: Over 1,300 victims of unintentional shootings for the period 2005–2010 were under 25 years of age.For kids ages 5 to 14, the mortality rate is 14 times higher in high gun ownership states than low gun ownership states. For infants and toddlers, ages 0 to 4, the mortality rate is 17 times higher in high gun ownership states than low gun ownership states.The majority of people killed in firearm accidents are under age 24, and most of these young people are being shot by someone else, usually someone their own age. The shooter is typically a friend or family member, often an older brother.
Tom Chapel April 05, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Running, men don't talk about dry cleaners. It effects your street creds on other important issuesRead Morew e are arguing about!
Running55 April 05, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Tom - You are right...better get a new user name for my domestic duties! But a certain D.C.Read Morealready views me as a pink wearing anti gun commie, so the dry cleaning usage doesn't hurt too much.
Tom Chapel April 05, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Street creds reign supreme. Get an alias!
Tom Chapel March 31, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Isn't John's Trap Guns on Peterson by the Secretary of State's Office still there? I mean, I loveRead MoreMa riano's but I shop at Sunset. Supporting our town.
Brian L. March 31, 2014 at 04:48 PM
I'm not 100% sure of the name, but there is still a gun shop in that strip mall.
Dan Cox April 01, 2014 at 01:28 PM
TARGET GUNS, is the new name. Nice guys and they help you with applying for your FOID Card.
Gerald Vigue April 04, 2014 at 10:27 PM
The brief Article below from 2013, says it all: Iceland's Police Shoot And Kill Suspect For FirstRead MoreT ime Ever. An armed police operation in Iceland has resulted for the first time in a death when police in the country's capital shot and killed a man Monday. A man in his late 50s, was said to have been firing a shotgun inside his apartment and out of the windows Monday morning in east Reykjavik. It is the first time an armed police operation in the country has resulted in a death. "Police regret this incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man," added Johannessen. Euronews reports that two Icelandic police officers were wounded in the operation, neither of them seriously. The suspect was removed on a stretcher and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Iceland enjoys a low crime rate -- a unique product of its large, stable middle class and its thorough screening requirements for gun permits, among other elements, per an earlier report by the BBC. A as a result of firearms in 2009, the last year for which data was available. By comparison, the United States had 31,347 that same year. That breaks down to 1.25 gun deaths per 100,000 people in Iceland, and 10.22 per 100,000 in the U.S. (End of article) You can have guns in society, if a society gets off its dead butt, passes and enforces reasonable gun laws. Compare Iceland's homicide rate to Alaska's, where there are often 20 gun deaths per 100,000. Iceland has a fair # of guns, but they have reasonable gun laws that are enforced. By comparison, in Cook County, the sheriff's office snagged 500 carry permits out of 6,000, where gun owners were previously given permission to carry when they were violent criminals, felons, wife abusers and were cited as being dangerous around children. Cook only has about 25 officers to screen 1,000s of applications, so some applications probably got through for dangerous owners who are now carrying in our area. The Carry and other gun laws in Illinois have been poorly implemented and supervised.
Tom Chapel April 05, 2014 at 12:29 PM
You comments about Iceland are fine except for one thing. No one in the U.S. is going to accept aRead Morere quirement of taking a mental test for anything. Our laws "assume" mental fitness, which of course is dumb. But if you can require a mental test to own a firearm, you can require a mental test to drive, to vote, to have children, etc. That will be the argument. By the way, the lack of violence in Iceland is NOT attributed to who owns guns. It is attributed to: 1. Virtually no difference among upper, middle and lower classes in Iceland. And with that, tension between economic classes is non-existent, a rare occurrence for any country. 2. There are, comparatively, few hard drugs in Iceland. 3. 94% of the population is of one ethnic/racial makeup so there is little if any cultural/racial issues.
Dan Cox April 05, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Gerald Vique, You distort facts to the point of creating an issue that does not exist... NONE ofRead Morethe people that were denied their Conceal Carry License ever had a CCL. You are a typical Anti-Gun Advocate...strong on fury and feelings, but a fact stacker and distortion of the truth is you standard method of operation.
Running55 April 05, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Tom - I will tell you my criminal secret, I trapped the squirrels and relocate them to a distantRead Morefo rest preserve. Don't tell anyone
Tom Chapel April 05, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Oh lord. One of my best friends does the same thing. Brags about taking them east of Milwaukee soRead Moreth ey can't get back but one, with an orange splash on his side, made it all the way back to his place, very impressive. Hating squirrels, this winter I went to Grayslake feed and bought, , , yup, squirrel food. I was worried they would starve. Just vacuumed up about 25 pounds of seed covers off the patio. So, paintball their butts in the summer and supply water and food in the winter. No wonder they seem, well, squirrely.
Dan Cox April 05, 2014 at 06:51 PM
Runner55, I love Libertyville...I just do not like GFZ signs!
Gerald Vigue April 01, 2014 at 03:05 AM
Cars are about 500,000 to 550,000 times safer than guns. If you take the total AmericanRead Morepopulation, the average person fires a gun for less than 3,000 times, at 1/5th of a second to fire a gun, = about 10 minutes in their lifetime, - at most. The average person spends about 75,000 hours in a car in their life time,- at least. Since car deaths in 2012 were 25,540 vs. gun deaths at 31,200, and cars are used for 450,000 times that of guns, by simple logic and math, cars are about 500,000 to 550,000 times safer than guns. You can't equate car and gun deaths unless you factor in time of use in the calculations. Most Americans fire guns very seldom, most Americans ride or drive like crazy. How many times have you fired your gun to get to work each day??? Cars are much safer than guns.
Gerald Vigue April 01, 2014 at 03:18 AM
After the McDonald Decision in Chicago, gun death rates soared in 2011 AND 2012. Only through aRead Morecon certed effort by police did gun deaths significantly decrease in 2013 and 2014. Expect that trend to be reversed in Chicago, because homicides in Milwaukee were 72/yr. before carry, and 106 in 2013 after carry. Just the facts. More Guns = More Gun Deaths. The law of the gun causes the most vicious to win, certainly not the most just.
Dan Cox April 01, 2014 at 06:34 AM
The statements by Gerald Vique fail to to reveal the facts... Murders in the late 80's thru theRead More90's were in the 850-970 range and Conceal Carry was Banned then, as well as handguns and the sale of handguns in Chicago! So, his non-sense is just full of empty statistics that hide the real truth. TRUTH, Chicago and Cook County have a massive Criminal Gang issue and are not doing anything about it. They negotiate with the gangs and create "Safe Passage" Zones for kids going to school. This is acceptance of a gang culture and acceptance that criminals are to be allowed into our society. I say NO, arrest them and imprison them. Do not try to change our Constitution, in order to gain control of an issue that is created by criminals and the mentally insane... that is insane. Quit protecting the criminals, if the homicide rate in Cook County goes up 500% because criminals are being killed, so be it! Let the Rapist be shot in a justifiable homicide. Let the Car-Jacker get one in the face, I won't miss him. Three Armed Home Invaders killed in one night, I consider that a benefit, less criminals to commit crime. The politicians are in bed with the Criminal Gangs, they ask them for their support during political campaigns, Cook County is a cesspool of criminals and is rife with political corruption. The most important fact to remember here is that YOU are responsible for protecting yourself from imminent harm by an attacker... not the Police. The Supreme Court has twice Ruled that it is the citizens responsibility to protect themselves from imminent harm, not the Police!