Missed this one a while back, but think you ought to see it.
On July 24th, the Chicago Tribune’s big story was about training requirements for the new concealed carry law.
The front page featured McHenry’s Michele Frejek “with her .38 special.”
The sub-headline of the article is interesting:
“Too strict or too lenient? Firearm owners split on concealed carry law’s instruction standards.”
The McHenry woman runs and thinks it makes no sense that she has to depend on Mace to defend herself from potential predators.
That’s because people can’t carry their weapons in parks.
The McHenry County Conservation District has trails where women might be attacked.
While there is no prohibition in the concealed carry law about possession of weapons on Conservation District property, the MCCD has another rule preventing women (or others) from so protecting themselves.
Since so many trails are in the middle of nowhere, that does not male good sense to me.
On a related matter, former Congressman Joe Walsh has the placards you see here displayed in his McHenry home. I saw them when I attended his Open House for Bill Prim, his choice for McHenry County Sheriff.
When I was running for Governor on the Libertarian Party ticket, I was a proponent of allowing people to carry weapons to defend themselves.
As I have mentioned before, Michigan had just enacted its concealed carry law and the gun control folks were in full shout out about the shoot-outs that would occur in the streets.
Pretty much what you have heard during the debate for passage of the much more restrictive law in Illinois and will hear as the law is implemented.
The worst-case scenarios promoted by Michigan opponents did not occur.
And, they won’t in Illinois.
What might happened, however, is that some woman like Frejek will get attacked and she will shoot a man trying to rape her.
When that happens for the first time, there will be enormous news coverage.
That, in turn, it is my hope and expectation, will put potential rapists on notice that any woman might be able to protect herself.
Since rapist are basically chickens, that is, afraid to even ask a woman out on a date, I believe such attacks will diminish.
They just won’t diminish as much as if the new law were not so expensive to qualify.
It’s so expensive that many inner city folks who need the protection the most will remain defenseless.
Of course, that may be a deliberate intent of the drafters, rather than an unintended consequence.