In response to Mr. Cook’s letter on Jan. 30 [“Hidden guns may lead to ‘Wild West’”] in the Reader’s Voice, this is a rehash of what liberals have been spouting for years.
When Florida enacted concealed carry, the liberal media predicted the Old West scenario. It didn’t happen. What did happen was a dramatic decrease in violent crime. It was so successful that 41 states now have put concealed carry laws on the books.
Violent crime is now at a 48-year low. Eight other states may approve laws. That leaves Illinois as the only state without the right guaranteed by both the Illinois and U.S. constitutions.
A federal court has determined that Illinois has 180 days to implement concealed carry. The clock is ticking. One only needs to look at Chicago to see how well its gun restrictions are working.
The reason most states prefer concealed carry is that it doesn’t allow criminals the knowledge of who is carrying or who is not. That is an advantage to both the person with the permit and the unarmed citizen. The criminal doesn’t know whether the potential victim is armed or not.
It does make sense to get as much training as you can afford. Some will go to professional training centers to hone their skills; others can learn by reading manuals and articles that are out there for all to see.
I support locked schools with cameras and armed personnel. Those people could be anyone with ability and desire to help as long as they are vetted and trained sufficiently. Having more than one armed person at a time increases the success rate in defending the school against an active shooter.
When was the last time you were in a saloon or saw a poker game being played by armed men? This is TV fiction at its best.