“The risk of handing out concealed-carry permits to people who may go on to commit crimes is reason enough to reject the current effort in Springfield to legalize concealed carry”

The Chicago Sun-Times doesn’t think that Illinois should allow law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Nope. They can’t be trusted; the danger is too great. Citing the Violence Policy Center’s “Concealed Carry Killers” stats, the paper’s editorial board asserts that “The risk of handing out concealed-carry permits to people who may go on to commit crimes is reason enough to reject the current effort in Springfield to legalize concealed carry.” Besides, enabling guns encourages violence. “Concealed carry — what that does is reinforce the idea that violence is OK,” [CeaseFire Illinois Director Tia] Hardiman says. “What we are doing is trying to talk these guys down, but this encourages that cowboy mentality.” Hey, Willie and Waylon warned us.