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Forum: A formula for deterrence

Updated: April 7, 2013 1:29PM



You want to stop the killings, stop the guns.

You want to stop the guns, stop the gangs.

You want to stop the gangs, stop the illegal drugs.

You want to stop the illegal drugs, stop the cartels.

You want to stop the cartels, call out our militia, the National Guard.

Only they have the “right to bear arms.”

Mary Lou Harker

Oak Lawn

New York influence

How is it that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took part in our election to replace Jessie Jackson Jr. in Congress by spending heavily via a super PAC to support one of the candidates, Robin Kelly?

Is this more New York influence like the ineffective police chief that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has hired and is being hamstrung by the gangs of Chicago?

Or New Yorker Gabe Klein showing Emanuel how to cause gridlock by installing bicycle lanes on the city’s busiest thoroughfares?

Bloomberg disparaged Debbie Halvorson by using his super PAC money on TV commercials for Kelly. It’s time we let New York arrogance and “influence” stay in New York and let Bloomberg spend his money investigating the Wall Street banks that caused our economy to crash and burn in 2008.

Timothy D. O’Reilly

Chicago

Concealed carry’s time is now

As a law-abiding, 21-year-old American citizen, I feel that I am entitled to the right to own and carry a weapon. I feel that many people are focusing on issues like Sandy Hook and the rising death toll in the city of Chicago and attributing them to lax gun laws.

It’s absurd that government tries to put stricter laws on law-abiding citizens when that does nothing to stop those who don’t abide by the law. For example, if a gangbanger wants to shoot someone, he’s not likely to go to a retail store to buy a gun. He’s going to get an illegal firearm on the street.

Don’t public officials see that stricter gun laws do nothing but ruin the rights given to us by our forefathers? We have a constitutional right to own a handgun or rifle, and it’s time to stand up for that right.

I also believe that it is ridiculous that Illinois still does not have a concealed-carry law as does every other state. I think that I should be able to carry a firearm for self-protection, especially when I live near one of the most violent neighborhoods on the South Side.

It’s time to stand up for your right to bear arms, and it’s time to allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves in public, especially in crime-ridden neighborhoods. Who knows, perhaps Chicago can turn itself into a better and safer place with concealed carry.

Michael Quick

Evergreen Park



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