You know, I'm seeing a lot of "parks" in Champaign area losing their CPZ signs.
I'm actually at work, next to a patch of grass which is apparently controlled by the Champaign Park District. There is a sign on the main roadway, but not on the side next to the residential neighborhood.
Does this constitute a park? What about the tiny patches of grass where they have a flower bed and a sign? I really think we need to get rid of these arbitrary and amorphous borders where your rights no longer exist, in fact, they are actively stripped by the law which I thought was the point of the suit that got the FCCL in place. Considering my taxes are paying for it as well, I'm definitely not getting my benefit of it since I cannot effectively protect myself and my children in some park. So, either I should be able to opt out of paying for it, or I should be able to practice my rights on land I help pay to maintain.
The other issue here was my first point. CPZ signs are disappearing on some parks. I don't know if people have stolen them, or if they were removed purposely by the park district. Centennial Park's CPZ signs are gone, but Kaufman park is still posted. Kaufman Lake is posted as well, which I didn't think qualified as a park, since it's a location where fishing is a primary purpose.
I think there needs to be something done about the prohibited locations. Just like the case that has begun to bring down the walls between the states for firearm sales, there is no demonstrable benefit for causing there to be so many prohibited locations. Yet, there are instances where a "gun free zone" has been demonstrated to be a danger, because it provides unarmed victims for those intent on great bodily harm.
Let's add to that the punitive way in which they enforce the CPZ's, and just simply possessing a thing inside some magical border becomes some egregious crime. At most, it is trespass, only to be escalated when there is actual criminal intent.
Edited by Trevis, 18 February 2015 - 09:39 AM.
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