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False fears about concealed guns (Illinois) ^ | Steve Chapman

Posted on 03/31/2011 9:55:43 AM PDT by KeyLargo

False fears about concealed guns

Illinois should give licensed citizens the right to carry around weapons

Steve Chapman

March 31, 2011

"Experience is a dear teacher," said Benjamin Franklin, "but fools will learn at no other." Give some credit to fools: At least they eventually learn from experience. What would Franklin say about people who don't?

By that, I refer to gun-control advocates alarmed that the Illinois Legislature may vote to let licensed individuals carry concealed handguns. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence calls the measure "dangerous." Kristen Rand of the Violence Policy Center says that it would lead to Tucson-style mass shootings as well as the killing of police.

But concealed-carry, as it is known, is not a radical notion in most of the country. Thirty-seven "shall-issue" states grant permits to carry to anyone meeting certain requirements, and 48 allow citizens to carry guns under some circumstances. The two holdouts? Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker has endorsed the idea, and Illinois, where Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has not.

But Quinn has vexed many downstate Democrats by abolishing capital punishment and allowing same-sex civil unions. So speculation is that he may have to make it up to them by going along on concealed weapons.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: banglist; ccw; concealed; guncontrol
The Chicago Tribune and all of their columnists except John Kass are big libs. It is very strange that they would print this pro-gun article.
1 posted on 03/31/2011 9:55:47 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Chapman is a quasi-conservative at this nominally Republican paper. Wonder if an event close to him forced an epiphany?

2 posted on 03/31/2011 10:04:46 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: KeyLargo

crap article. It makes it sound like WISC. has no carry. They have open carry.

3 posted on 03/31/2011 10:40:16 AM PDT by stylin19a
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“at this nominally Republican paper”

Huh? WTF?

It is too bad that those that may be thinking in the past and or may have departed the Chicago metro still believe that the Tribune is a Republican conservative newspaper. Sigh...

Do you read or subscribe to that fish wrap?

This review of the Chicago ‘Lib-une’ was done four years ago, and since then the management has gone even further left if that is possible:

Epitaph for a once great newspaper
Written: Jan 24 ‘04 (Updated Jun 06 ‘07)

Product Rating: 1.0
Quality of news coverage:
Quality of editorial content:
Pros: Adequate national and local news coverage

Cons: Strong, self-righteous, and unbalanced liberal bias in op-ed and features

The Bottom Line: Buy the Trib for a mediocre dose of local news.

Liberal Bias in the Chicago Tribune

“New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune all have liberal editorial pages, “ Bernard Goldberg

4 posted on 03/31/2011 3:38:58 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Oh yes, most certainly a Republican newspaper. Barf.

Chicago Tribune Endorses First Democratic Nominee in 161-Year History

October 17, 2008 2:35 PM

The Chicago Tribune has been a bastion of Republican endorsements, having consistently endorsed every single Republican presidential nominee since it was founded in 1847. One of its earliest managing editors, Joseph Medill, was a founder of the Republican Party. Today, it endorsed its first Democratic presidential candidate in its 161-year history. And it certainly did not do so halfheartedly.

“On Nov. 4 we’re going to elect a president to lead us through a perilous time and restore in us a common sense of national purpose. The strongest candidate to do that is Sen. Barack Obama. The Tribune is proud to endorse him today for president of the United States.


“On Dec. 6, 2006, this page encouraged Obama to join the presidential campaign. We wrote that he would celebrate our common values instead of exaggerate our differences. We said he would raise the tone of the campaign. We said his intellectual depth would sharpen the policy debate. In the ensuing 22 months he has done just that.


“We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. ...

5 posted on 03/31/2011 3:43:35 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

“Intellectual rigor” when speaking of the Bummer is a LOL all right. Rigor mortis.

6 posted on 03/31/2011 7:14:16 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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