The more I do this work the more I realize that the antis ain’t got game. Not if you’re judging their arguments based on facts, logic and/or reason. Check out this quote from Niles, Illinois Trustee Rosemary Palicki via chicagotribune.com. (Rose was the only village official to vote no on Tuesday for a special use permit to allow firearms sales, firearms safety training and an indoor firing range at 6143 Howard St. – no more than a mile from five schools!) “The perception of danger on the part of these parents and community leaders remains very strong, and therefore, the very real issues of public health and welfare remain unresolved.” Not danger. The perception of danger. Oy. On the pro-gun side . . .
Trustee John Jekot, who voted for the special use permit, said he could not find studies that showed that the location of a gun shop to a school increased the amount of gun violence against students.
Studies? As in facts? Wow. What a difference fifteen miles makes! Clearly, the mindless gun control fervor that’s gripped the Windy City for donkey’s years hasn’t overwhelmed Niles’ 30k residents, a town whose motto boasts it’s “the #1 place in the U.S. to raise kids.”
That said, the new range wasn’t a done deal. The town isn’t exactly what you’d call gun control virus-free, with all the nonsense that contagion carries with it.
Both the superintendent of Niles Township High School District 219 and the executive director of New Hope Academy spoke against the gun shop and firing range.
Nanciann Gatta, superintendent of District 219, said “the location is too close to our schools.” She continued, saying, “It’s not a case about the right to bear arms. It’s a question of where this range would be.”
In England, they call people who use that sort of non-objection objection NIMBIES (Not In My Back Yard). On this website we simply distill their argument to its basics: look at this baby! Indeed. We trust that you guard your children well, Niles. And soon, you can do so even more effectively. Nice work.