Shortly after the concealed carry bill passed in Springfield with Governor Pat Quinn saying negative things about it, Chicago rape victim Sandra Al-Sakkai held a press conference in Rogers Park to talk about her having been raped.
The deadline set for Illinois to have a concealed carry bill, set by the Federal Appellate Court, is July 9th.
Opponents will be talking about how concealed carry will lead to real life gun play like the re-enactments of the shootouts at Donley’s Wild West Town in Union.
The Sheriff of Wayne County, Michigan, where Detroit is, peddled the same nonsense when Michigan’s concealed carry law went into effect in 2001.
A year later, I read in a Traverse City newspaper that he admitted his expectations were not fulfilled.
Last year, the Detroit Free Press ran an article entitled,
“…predictions of widespread lawless behavior and bloodshed have failed to materialize,” the article concludes.
Consider this from Ronald Schafer, today’s head of Michigan’s prosecuting attorneys association, which fought hard against passed, led the push against changing the law in 2001:
“I think you can look back and say, ‘It was a big nothing.’ “
But that won’t stop Quinn from painting an “end of the world as we know it” scenario in the run-up of the 2014 Democratic Party primary.
But, rather than “a big nothing,” it might be a big something.
When I was running for Governor on the Libertarian Party ticket, I argued that Illinois needed a “personal protection” law (never using the words “concealed carry”–what a public relations nightmare!).
I did so because I had read John Lott’s “More Guns, Less Crime” and became convinced of the accuracy of his thesis.
It’s pretty obvious that the police cannot be where they are needed all the time.
That includes being next to women threatened by would-be rapists.
Lots of women express an outright dislike for guns.
I figure most rapists are basically afraid of women.
If they weren’t, wouldn’t they ask the opposite sex for dates.
Concealed carrying women could put a real reason for a rapist to be afraid.
That probably won’t happen until news coverage of some prospective rapist’s being shot.
But, I believe after potential rapists figure out that women aren’t defenseless, even if they have smaller statures, rape will diminish in Illinois.