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Draconian gun laws

Published: Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 8:17 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Illinois legislators want to impose draconian gun laws on law-abiding citizens and saddle us with the cost. Recently, overwhelming Supreme Court rulings against the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois, with their aggressive defiance of the Second Amendment, hasn’t taught them a lesson. What part of “I don’t get it” don’t they get? We cannot pick and choose which parts of the U.S. Constitution and its amendments we wish to honor.

Let’s all step back for a moment and take a deep breath. We all have protection in our homes and businesses in one way or another. Some have firearms for protection and attend training and safety classes on a regular basis, unlike the lawless drug dealers and gang bangers who have no regard for life. Unjust restrictions, more gun laws, government dictating who can use a gun range, and registration will do nothing to remove the guns from the lawless.

I, for one, would feel safer on our streets knowing that someone who was well-trained, had an FBI background check, used the shooting range to improve his training and safety skills, and who accepted the moral and ethical responsibility of CCW was standing next to me. And I wouldn’t at all be upset about noticing someone carrying a holstered gun in a restaurant. It’s the ones tucked into a pair of pants without a holster you need to fear.

Rich Mortlock


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