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Letter: Vote 'Em Out — Not Shoot 'Em Out

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Let’s get real: It’s time American society recognizes that lack of meaningful regulation with respect to the AVAILABILITY of certain types of guns and ammunition is a major contributing factor to shooting deaths.

Even the majority of National Rifle Association members favor sensible measures to keep assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, body armor-piercing, jacketed and hollow point ammunition out of the wrong hands.  They know that NRA president Wayne LaPierre’s remedy of more guns is patently absurd! 

He is little more than a well-compensated lobbyist for the gun and ammunition industry, who disguises his venality with rants about “Second Amendment remedies” and the necessity of  having “good guys with guns” to protect our civil liberties from “bad guys with guns.” Mr. LaPierre, along with Congressional representatives such as Randy Hultgren of the Illinois 14th Congressional District — who received campaign donations and a 92 percent approval rating from the NRA’s leadership —are more concerned with the bottom line for Heckler and Koch or Smith and Wesson. 

These enablers are particularly reprehensible, because they whip up anti-government hysteria and paranoia that continues to prevent the rest of us from pursuit of genuine solutions to prevent the slaughter!  

When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold attacked Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, there was a “good guy” already on duty. However, Deputy Sheriff Neil Gardner could not stop the murder of 13 students and faculty, and the injury of 21 others. He was caught totally unaware that the school was about to be the scene of mass carnage, inflicted by a 52-round magazine, TEC semi-automatic handgun! 

When Jared Loughner unleashed mayhem at a shopping mall in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011, bystanders had to wait for the 33-round magazine of his Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol to empty before they could tackle him to the ground. Six people were killed, including a little girl and U.S. District Court Judge John Roll. Fourteen were seriously injured, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. 

The weapon had been legally purchased. There was another “good guy” at this scene, but he could not use his weapon to stop Loughner for lack of a clear shot. The bystander in question realized that an innocent person was likely to get injured or killed in the cross fire.  

Last weekend, two firefighters were murdered in Webster, N.Y., by a deranged man who had set them up for an ambush. How could they have suspected such a sinister plan, so as to even think about going armed to the call?! 

Sandy Hook Elementary faculty expected to teach children and not be security guards. One might note that Adam Lanza’s mother legally purchased the three semi-automatic weapons her son used to murder 20 children and six faculty members.

While the solution is multi-faceted, it must clearly involve restrictions on access to assault weapons. High-firepower weapons do not belong in the hands of untrained civilians. Even law enforcement personnel are required to be certified in judgment pistol, accuracy and safety courses before they are permitted to carry weapons. 

Yet, most civilians are not required to undergo such training; can evade background checks for criminal history, domestic violence, drug abuse and mental health issues; then, even carry assault weapons concealed on their persons! 

Remember Seung-Hui Cho at Virginia Tech in April of 2007? Two semi-automatic handguns, with 15-round magazines and hollow point bullets were used to massacre 37 people in that incident. 

As a retired supervisory special agent for U.S. Homeland Security, I can assure you that most people in legal possession of any guns for purposes of self-defense are four times more likely to experience an accidental shooting, seven times more likely to experience a criminal assault or homicide, and eleven times more likely to experience either an attempted or completed suicide. There are over 30,000 firearms deaths each year in the United States, and over 200,000 non-fatal gunshot injuries. In addition, these shootings cost us billions per year in medical expenses and lost productivity. 

The primary justification for this obscene proliferation of semi and fully automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, is the notion that our government is our enemy! The citizenry of this nation is governed by consent, not coercion.

In essence, WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT. We no longer have to fear the tyranny of the British Crown of yesteryear. When we don’t like what our government is doing, the remedy is to VOTE 'EM OUT, NOT SHOOT 'EM OUT.

Reed Bible

Will County Board Member - District 5

Chairman of the Judicial Committee                 

SonofJohn January 01, 2013 at 07:34 AM
Yes lets get real, you liberal authors that post this crap on the patch are something else. Some facts for the author on the so called assault weapons ban. Data published earlier this year showed that while the ban was in place, from 1994 to 2004, the number of mass shootings actually rose slightly during that period.Add to that the fact that most gun crimes in America are committed with handguns, and the gun lobby enters this debate with some potent statistics, the liberals will always cry wolf where possible, their agenda is a socialist state where the government is the master. Huge, overreaching gun laws are not going to stop crazy people from acquiring a gun and going on a rampage. But, when bad things happen, the situation improves when the cops show up…why? The cops are the one's with guns. We don’t need gun control. We need freedom. Demand that Congress honor the rights we are guaranteed under our Constitution. The liberal left will destroy them given a chance. Some facts. DOJ report. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/173405.pdf
SonofJohn January 01, 2013 at 07:43 AM
Conclusion...... ["Analyzing county-level data for the entire United States from 1977 to 2000, we find annual reductions in murder rates between 1.5% and 2.3% for each additional year that a right-to-carry law is in effect. For the first five years that such a law is in effect, the total benefit from reduced crimes usually ranges between approximately $2 billion and $3 billion per year."] Plassman and Whitley, Confirming More Guns, Less Crime, Stanford Law Review, (April, 2003). facts not liberal fancy.
Bob January 01, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I have never in my life seen a fire arm shoot all by itself, let us enforce the laws as they are and prosecute the ones that use firearms for crimes against man. Guns don't kill it is the criminals behind them.
SonofJohn January 01, 2013 at 10:20 PM
If only the author of this opinion piece had taken the time to study the real facts ,but many times liberals thgink with their heart, NOT, with their heads.
SonofJohn January 03, 2013 at 06:03 AM
HB815 and HB1263 were “first steps” objective to the elimination of lawful gun owners in Illinois, The dems said This is a required first step for creating a more civil society. Of course, there was no mention of the impact of eliminating criminals. HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO ON THURSDAY: 1. Call Senator Dave Syverson at (217) 782-5413 and tell him “THANK YOU” for supporting lawful gun owners by voting “NO” on HB815 and HB1263. 2. Call Senator Shane Cultra at (217) 782-6597 and tell him “THANK YOU” for supporting lawful gun owners by voting “NO” on HB815 and HB1263. 3. Call Senator Christine Johnson at (217) 782-1977 and tell her “THANK YOU” for supporting lawful gun owners by voting “NO” on HB815 and HB1263. 4. Call Senator Carole Pankau at (217) 782-9463 and tell her “THANK YOU” for supporting lawful gun owners by voting “NO” on HB815 and HB1263. It is very important that you praise these Senators for their support. The ringleader of the effort to shut down shooting ranges and take your guns away from you is Senator Dan Kotowski. You may wish to call him at (217) 782-3875 and politely explain to him that, as a law-abiding gun owner, you do not appreciate being treated like a criminal and that you oppose any efforts to regulate shooting ranges, ban semiautomatic firearms, or ban standard capacity magazines.

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