It is times and situations like this of which you are about to read that make me wonder how some people’s stupidity affords them the opportunity to reach adulthood, let alone be elected to public office, but then again, we are talking about Illinois. The actions of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are outrageously misguided, dangerous, and benefit nobody, (yes even those who agree with her stupidity). The following should be an outrage to all gun owners or anyone who has any regard for their safety or that of their family.
Due to a request by the Associated Press under the Freedom of Information act, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has said that the State Police “must” make public a list of all firearm permit holders. Now, despite how you may feel about guns or gun control laws, the idea of making public a list of those law-abiding citizens that own and have the ability to carry guns is just plain flawed and dangerous logic. First of all, this just sets a plainly dangerous precedent that will do nothing to benefit anyone except criminals. Second, it allows criminals the ability to more easily pick and choose their targets. Third, how is it anyones’ business who legally owns a gun and who does not?
I would like you to think about something… If a criminal looking for action was to drive into your neighborhood, and had readily available information that allowed them to pick which house was more likely to have a gun owner in it, is there any doubt as to which house they would pick? Or maybe this… If a criminal was looking to acquire a gun or guns, and they had readily available information that would tell them a house that they knew to have guns in it, would it really be that much of a stretch to think they may stake out that home until no-one was there to break in and get the weapons that they sought? There are many scenarios to which this misguided decision by AG Lisa Madigan could prove to endanger citizens with no societal benefit.
As stated by John R. Lott, JR. (Author of “More Guns Less Crime”):
“One would think that people in Illinois of all places would understand this problem. Chicago’s crime statistics haven’t quite gone the way gun control advocates have predicted. Not only did Chicago murder and violent crime rates soar after its handgun ban went into effect in late 1982, but the reverse has happened since the Supreme Court struck down that law last June.
Handgun permits started being issued in July, and murders in Chicago have declined. During the first 6 months of 2010, Chicago’s murders were up 5 percent from the same period the previous year. Things were so bad that members of the state legislature suggested that the National Guard be dispatched to Chicago to curb the violence. But, after the Supreme Court decision, the last six months of the year saw murders fall by 14 percent compared to the same months the previous year.
But the evidence goes well beyond that. State laws requiring that people lock up their guns results in criminals being more likely to invade people’s homes while the residents are still inside, but it also means that the criminals are more likely to be successful in committing crime. ”
There is overwhelming evidence to prove that dumb-ass moves by government elitists such as this cause much havoc and cost many lives. If you would like more information and statistics to back what I am saying, I strongly suggest that you get the book “More Guns Less Crime” by John R. Lott, JR. I personally believe, no matter what side of the gun issue you find yourself on, this is a must read book …
I pray for the people of Illinois and all Americans if this horrible power-grab comes to fruition.