Forum: Questioning concealed carry
July 19, 2013 7:04PM
Updated: August 22, 2013 6:43AM
Life challenges us every day. Due to our human nature, we are prone to making mistakes — “To err is human, to forgive is divine.”
If we open our minds and hearts, the mistakes can become lessons learned. Unfortunately, over the centuries it seems we are held accountable for the sins of our fathers. We have made great strides, but we are still a work in progress.
We are always looking for ways to improve our lives, but carrying a concealed weapon seems a little over the top. I do not see it as a deterrent or a means of personal safety.
The criminal or gang member is predisposed to violence. He uses the gun as his problem solver. He lacks a respect for life and so much more. The concealed handgun you carry is not going to scare him or stop him.
Think of the burden this concealed-carry law places on law enforcement in trying to determine whether a citizen who shot someone had a legitimate fear that the victim was a serious threat to him. Carrying a concealed weapon is just another trial-and-error run. We can only hope it will not create more chaos in our lives.
Where’s the balanced media coverage?
With all the people getting upset by the Zimmerman verdict, I can’t help but wonder where the outrage is about the death of Joshua Chellew?
Chellew, 36, who is white, was attacked by four black teens on June 30 in Mableton, Ga. — punched and kicked and then left lying in a road where he was truck by a vehicle and killed. Very little national media coverage of that crime. I wonder why?
And then there’s the case of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, who was shot and killed at point-blank range while in his stroller by a 17-year-old black youth on March 21 in Brunswick, Ga. The baby’s mother had angered the teen by refusing to give him money at gunpoint and also was wounded in the shooting.
I seem to remember that being on the news only briefly. Since then, nothing else. I wonder why?
Commuter’s concerns addressed
Dave Rabino, head of Metra Station Services, Metra project manager Maurice Covington and Oak Forest city administrator Troy Ishler do care about Metra riders out of the Oak Forest station.
I was concerned about no signs to indicate a temporary ticket office at the station, which is being replaced with a new station, and about a slippery gravel path from a fence to the trailer.
I called Mr. Rabino, left a message and he called me back, listened and promised to help. I also called my alderman, who contacted Mr. Ishler, who then spoke to Mr. Covington.
Today, there are easily seen signs on the station trailer and also a safe cement walk from the fence. Thank you, everyone!
Citizens, do speak up. Your voice does make a difference.