The concept of concealed, loaded handguns or the reality of concealed, loaded handguns? Either way, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn reckons Illinois is better off without armed citizens walking freely about the The Land of Lincoln. So if a bill “allowing” residents to exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms hits his desk, Quinn will veto it. “I don’t think we’re in the business of trying to increase danger to the people of Illinois,” Quinn said, getting it exactly backwards. “We want to work with our law enforcement and prevent bad things from happening. I think the passage of this law by the General Assembly would be most unwise and they should know where they governor stands and where the people stand.” You want more irony? Make the jump . . .
“I cannot imagine a reason you need to carry a concealed, loaded weapon unless you’re willing to use it on another human being,” said Jennifer Loudon, the widow of Chicago Police Office Thor Soderberg, who was shot on the job last summer. “I cannot wish that on anybody else. I do not want another family to ever have go through what our family has had to go through.”
What chicagobreakingnews.com fails to report: Officer Soderberg was killed by a perp who’d wrestled away Soderberg’s service weapon. Rest assured that the struggle for Illinois concealed carry continues. Meanwhile, it seems that NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde and I share a similar analysis of gun control advocates’ core philosophy:
“Pat Quinn can talk a good game about being for the little guy or the working stiffs,” Vandermyde said. “What he has shown us is he’s more of an elitist than ever before.”