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Odessa: AR-15, Poway: AR-15, Aurora: AR-15, Dayton: AR-15, Orlando: AR-15, Parkland: AR-15, Las Vegas: AR-15, Tree of Life: AR-15

Sandy Hook: AR-15, Umpqua CC: AR-15, Waffle House: AR-15, Texas Church: AR-15, San Bernardino: AR-15.

'The AR-15 is not a weapon of war nor is it an 'assault rifle/weapon.' ["Wake up, America! Guns aren't
the problem," Viewpoints, Aug. 28, Emerson Bolen

Really? Really?

Can we call it "the weapon of choice of American terrorists who murder other Americans"?

Bob Haisman 

Oak Park

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Bruce Kline  

Posted: September 20th, 2019 7:12 PM

Thanks Brian. You touch upon many issues that would best be discussed face to face.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: September 20th, 2019 6:45 PM

@ BK: From what I have seen and heard of CC. legal CC, I see little to be concerned with. Since the police are not ever responsible for the safety of citizens, I think CC is back to where the question usually resides, with the citizen. When CC was discussed in Illinois, concern of Dodge City shoot outs were voiced. The involvement of legal CC holders in illegal action seems to be small. CC class attendance seems to be below expected averages. No tears by me for a CC holder who violates their responsibility, criminal or civil. I am concerned for some of the minority neighbor hood who get little protection from the police harmed from the inside by or their government and their own. Plus I am embarrassed by my fellow gun owners who wont show up at the public parks in Chicago to protect the kids so they can play in peace. All for reasonable red flag laws excluding storage fees and timely due process and I want the government who makes people ward of the state by taking away their defense to pay for any and all damages caused by the absence of defense. BTW, judges can issue terms of cash bond to a person arrested to give up their firearms pending outcome of trial. Perfection is impossible. The problem with UBC is we here in Illinois have FOID and since the data base for both is the same take your pick. Pritizker will not give up a reduction to his patronage army.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: September 19th, 2019 8:07 PM

So Brian where does that leave concealed carry? I'm confused as to what your point is in regard to civilians exercising their 2nd amendment rights.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: September 19th, 2019 6:53 PM

Yeah, it actually is the point, Brian.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: September 19th, 2019 5:56 PM

That's not the point. with all the training, backround checks, security and access to firearms there is no need to carry a firearm until the situation presents itself. Everyone is on board with the safety, handling and skill of shooting weapons. There is no need to carry a weapon until the situation shows itself. Then the weapons show themselves. The weapons are in fact on hand to show and use when necessary.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: September 19th, 2019 11:13 AM

So, Brian. Even though, as you say, every single military member on a given military base is trained in fire arm usage and safety, and even though all members of the military are subject to background checks, and even though access to any military base is strictly controlled, and all seeking entry must show formal identification, even though the military takes all those precautions, they still believe in the need to restrict access to and bearing of fire arms on their bases. Thanks. That was my point.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: September 19th, 2019 9:27 AM

Bill Dwyer makes a very interesting observation about locked forearms on military bases. However, he leaves out a few facts that are worth mentioning. All military member prior to entry to the service. are subject to a backround check .Military bases for the most part are fenced and gated communities. While the taxpaying public is welcome on a military base, there are certain areas of the base that are closed to the public. Violation of the fence line at say Fort Knox could be dealt with lethal deadly fatal force. I am attending a graduation ceremony for an airman at Lackland Air Force base and I must show a written Air Force invitation with my name on it, photo identification , which in my case will be my U.S. . passport. All uniformed military personnel carry identification, name tag on their uniform as well photo identification, which means that election year all voters show an identification, even indirectly. Also not mentioned is that all military personnel are trained not only in firearms safety and handling plus marksmenship. As the Marine Corps states, every Marine a rifleman, and one shot one kill. So, I as a firearms owner, handler, and carrier I will consider giving up carrying a firearm if some other restrictions are imposed.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: September 17th, 2019 11:33 AM

Interesting book on The New York Times best seller list, 15th overall. "Why Meadow died", co written by a father who lost his daughter in the Florida High school shooting. He recounts how the Florida high school allows every student to commit three misdemeanors a year on campus without any police notification, how the school forbids any interaction with teachers and police on students actions, and how the school did not take action that prior to the shooting the shooter was torturing animal. bringing knives to school, bullying and making threats to commit a mass shooting and the school did not act. Father confronted a school official with the issues and the school official stated that it was fake news. When confronted with the written policy the school official had nothing to say.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: September 17th, 2019 9:48 AM

More "if we can't solve it all, why bother solving anything" nonsense from EmBo. The loved ones of those massacred by high capacity high velocity weapons couldn't care less about the percentage of people killed by such weapons. They just know their dead loved ones didn't stand a chance. EmBo's argument is fundamentally dishonest- that because such weapons aren't the only problem, that we should do nothing about them. That's just bulls**t. . I'll say it again, the US military DOES NOT allow people to just prance around in public carrying assault weapons outside of a war zone. They keep them locked in an armory, with controlled, limited access. Because the military knows just how dangerous those weapons are.

Emerson Bolen from River Forest  

Posted: September 16th, 2019 4:09 PM

You need to go back and reread what I posted, because you are WAY off target here, no pun intended. First of all, the type of mass shootings you are posting about make up an extremely small percentage of gun homicides, and those are a much smaller number of actual gun deaths. In 2018 there were about 22,00 gun deaths from suicide. Just over 14,000 were accidents, negligence, and homicides, according to the GVA. Of the mass shootings, which is defined as an incident in which at least 4 people were shot came to 340, most of which were gang/criminal related resulting in 373 deaths. Mass shootings represent a mere 1% of gun deaths. Out of all the gun homicides, rifles were used in just 430 incidents, ALL THE REST WERE HANDGUNS!! Really! Really!

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