Gun-free zones are ‘killing zones,’ says Illinois activist
A leading female gun rights advocate in Illinois was quoted yesterday by The Southern Illinoisan, which serves several communities in the lower Prairie State, stating unequivocally that so-called “gun-free” zones are “killing zones.”
Valinda Rowe, who has spoken at annual Gun Rights Policy Conferences representing the Illinois Carry organization, was even more blunt in defining the delusions created by such zones, at least in the minds of people who think making an area “gun-free” is going to prevent a violent crime.
“They are fantasy-lands where we draw imaginary circles around ourselves and around our children,” Rowe said, “and we pretend that the violent criminal and the criminally insane cannot get in to hurt us.”
How many times and in how many places has such thinking made way for tragedy?
The newspaper was reporting about the state’s fledgling concealed carry statute that saw the first 5,000 permits mailed out last Friday, and what changes in the law may already be on the horizon. Illinois is the last state in the nation to adopt concealed carry, forced by lawsuits brought by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association.
Rowe is probably the kind of person that Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence in America wishes would just stay home. She’s been a formidable proponent of gun rights for Illinois citizens and at last year’s GRPC, she and her husband Mike collected the “Grassroots Organization of the Year” award on behalf of Illinois Carry. That award is given annually by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
With yesterday’s published remarks, she shines the spotlight on the dark side of a fairy tale that has been playing out in Seattle and other communities across the nation, at public schools, restaurants, shopping malls and other venues where unarmed people have provided target-rich opportunities for terrorists and lunatics. It is not as though the dangerous aspect of gun-free zones has never been discussed before. It’s actually common knowledge.
The list of “gun-free” zones that have seen mass shootings includes Virginia Tech, Thurston and Columbine high schools, Sandy Hook Elementary, Clackamas Town Center, Trolley Square, the Aurora theater and so many other places that listing them all would take too much space. What they all have in common beyond the gun prohibition is a body count.
This column covered Seattle’s effort to create these zones of social prejudice with private businesses acting as surrogates for anti-gun politicians and gun prohibitionists who have been unsuccessful in their attempts to change state preemption laws. The list currently has more than 100 business participants, said by local gun activists to be off-limits for their money.
Some gun rights activists have, for years, maintained that people injured by mass shooters in “gun-free” zones file massive liability lawsuits against the owners for essentially throwing them to the wolves. What anti-gunners don’t understand or refuse to acknowledge is that people are not sheep, and when it comes to armed citizens, they are definitely not part of the flock.
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The Destroyer Cometh
A dumbed-down Democratic party runs out of ideas.
Here is a selection of recent headlines: “Jon Stewart Destroys Megyn Kelly,” “Jon Stewart Destroys Fox News’ ‘Spite-Driven Anger Machine,’” “Jon Stewart Destroys What’s Left of Peggy Noonan’s Credibility,” “Jon Stewart Destroys Fox News Over Syria Coverage,” “Jon Stewart Destroys Glenn Beck’s Utopia,” “Jon Stewart Destroys Bill O’Reilly” — there are about 520,000 more — and, not to be missed, “Jon Stewart Destroys Chicago-Style Pizza.”
The sound of terrors is in his ears at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central, and in prosperity the destroyer cometh upon him.
Mr. Stewart is the host of a fake news show, the genesis of which probably was a conversation that went approximately like this: Brother-in-Law: “There’s nothing funny on Saturday Night Live except the ‘Weekend Update.’ They should really just do that for the whole show.” Jon Stewart: “Hey . . . !” Mr. Stewart is among the lowest forms of intellectual parasite in the political universe, with no particular insights or interesting ideas of his own, reliant upon the very broadest and least clever sort of humor, using ancient editing techniques to make clumsy or silly political statements sound worse than they are and then pantomiming outrage at the results, the lowbrow version of James Joyce giving the hero of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man the unlikely name of Stephen Dedalus and then having other characters in the novel muse upon the unlikelihood of that name. His shtick is a fundamentally cowardly one, playing the sanctimonious vox populi when it suits him, and then beating retreat into “Hey, I’m just a comedian!” when he faces a serious challenge. It is the sort of thing that you can see appealing to bright, politically engaged 17-year-olds.
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