TTAG reader Reni wrote this under the post Chicago DGU. I’ve lifted it from the comments section to create this new post.
“I was just thinking yesterday that I wish I could carry a gun. I’m a 26 year old girl with no history of being pro/anti guns. I moved to Chicago 2 1/2 years ago, from Michigan. I always felt safe there. I live in Logan Square. I work downtown. I play in Lincoln park. I love this city so so much. But… I constantly feel threatened and powerless. I feel that I live in a city filled with violent criminals; gangs who contribute to a higher death toll than an almost decade long war; kids who run around the city playing, ‘pick ‘em out and knock em’ out’; drug addicts everywhere; etc. . . .
I’ve been followed, had people giving me uncomfortable looks, had many men in my neighborhood harass me while walking down the street, told I shouldn’t be jogging at night… But I’m powerless. If someone wants to kill me, rape me, beat me up, rob me, anything… I’m not legally allowed to protect myself. I just have to let it happen and hope for “justice.”
It’s wrong, so wrong, for the city to outlaw carrying concealed handguns because under such a law, the only people who will carry a gun are the ones law-abiding citizens need to protect themselves against the most.
I am not okay with this. I am now pro gun. I think we would have a more peaceful, less violent city if people were allowed to carry concealed handguns, because people would think twice before trying to harm someone.”