Looks like the Rockford Register Star (Rockford RED STAR, to name it properly) is starting it's expected slow glacier move to sway the sheep in the area. First their tame 'independant' columnist Chuck Sweeney stated that it 'might' be workable, but doubted it was proper, then started dropping in LTE's and guest columnist rations of crap to downplay the improtance and benefits of CCW.
First the LTE, with the direct link to their archives
Posted May 25, 2008 @ 03:24 PM
As a community, our infatuation with arming citizens with new gun laws is ridiculous.
When my wife and I go out, our family is nearly run over with every Danica Patrick wannabe there is. Construction traffic takes normally law-abiding citizens and turns them into vigilantes.
If a Rockford resident is offended by the way you are driving, then he or she will reprimand you in some form or fashion, right there and now.
Just ask our visitors. Most people outside of Rockford state that our community is rude and has a flat-out bad disposition.
There is good in our community, but we do not have the day-in, day-out maturity to arm our community.
I do not want to feel insecure, nor do I want an act of violence to occur toward my family without a way to defend myself.
However, I do not want to be shot at some dark evening because I accidentally cut someone off on the road or looked at someone wrong.
It will happen. We just do not have the temperament to allow a law like this to be passed.
Those guns eventually will find their way into the hands of our children, no matter what parents do at home to secure them. Maturity is the key to success and we do not have it.
— Mark Kiltz, Rockford
Ohmigosh, I didn't know I was a potential maniac because I believe in the Second Amendment and want the ability to protect myself and my family from criminals without any so-called 'legal' impediments. According to this person, I'm a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal and would howl in outrage and start shooting anyone and everyone at the drop of a hat, if I had a gu-gu-gu-guuuuunnnnn Wahhhh!
This next one is from a member Register Star Voter Panel, printed in the Sunday Paper Opinions section.
By John D. Gustafson
SPECIAL TO THE REGISTER STAR
Posted May 24, 2008 @ 01:27 PM
One would assume that government exists to seek solutions and enact programs to end the many problems facing society.
The Winnebago County Board has divorced itself from such goals as it pursues a resolution allowing the carrying of concealed weapons within the county confines.
The new midnight cowboys of the County Board, possibly visualizing themselves as modern-day Wyatt Earps, are seeking to pour fuel on a fire that will profoundly accentuate the problem of gun violence in our society.
Their proposal is not a rational solution to our ever-growing societal gun violence. It is a retreat and abrogation of their governing responsibility to enact legislation and programs that will effectively curb the misuse of legally and illegally owned handguns.
The current laws regulating firearms are not working. The educational programs regarding gun safety and correct usage have been failures.
Some County Board members feel that to correct these issues is to allow the carrying of concealed weapons. And they have the audacity to use the Second Amendment as reasoning.
It would seem more responsible for our government officials to end the unworkable laws and programs regarding gun licensing and usage and design new ones to help curb gun violence.
Local, state and national authorities must cease their pandering to the whims and whines of the NRA and other gun groups. Such organizations are only silent during the days after school massacres and drive-by shootings. Their outrage is only directed to those who are saying, “Enough is enough!”
If the board members really believe that proposal is sane and justified, then it should include the requirement that the person allowed to carry a concealed weapon has his or her driver’s license stamped.
A police officer should be warned, as should any person looking at a license for identification. How about a state-sponsored Web site listing the names of residents carrying a concealed weapon?
Wouldn’t anyone want this information?
It might do well for the Saturday morning cowboy wannabes to sit down and admit that concealed weapons are not an answer to gun violence in our society.
The proposal is only an admission that the Winnebago County Board doesn’t have the time nor intelligence to effectively deal with the growing number of needless handgun deaths in our society.
John D. Gustafson of Rockford is a member of the Register Star Voters Panel.
I do believe it would be entertaining to disect these mental midgets phrase by phrase and fire off a missive to the paper, not that the Red Star would print it. Perhaps if we snowed them under with an avalanche of the truth.