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Gun-free zones dangerous

Published: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

McHenry County College trustees toyed with letting only two parking lots be used for locked gun storage.

This tells killers where they could find guns and where they may safely use them. This is unacceptable. Trustees Linda Liddell and Chris Jenner justly ridiculed the idea. Gun-free zones can be inviting shooting galleries.

I fault the Illinois General Assembly. It should have been silent on campus concealed carry. It does not uphold the Second Amendment’s intent. For proof, look at the majority of other states.

Murders with firearms occur with noticeable frequency at gun-free campuses. Victims are unarmed. Campus gun bans result in innocent bloodshed.

Illinois making concealed carry off limits also makes campuses vulnerable. Legislators should be committed to an asylum until they accept their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution they violate with impunity. The General Assembly surely has no interest in promoting public safety.

Eighteen-year-olds in the military safely use weapons to defend and kill. Why should college campuses be gun free for them? Why should our returning soldiers and students be required to surrender their weapons when Illinois’ murder rate is greater than that in the Middle East?

Thaddeus Kochanny

Ingleside

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