It's Just Rob's Opinion

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Concealed carry ... blah!
Robert P. Mark June 20, 2013 at 11:28 am
I actually don't like being around weapons -- except at a distance -- because I have no skillRead More whatsoever with them. I found one in a friend's kitchen drawer one night when he and his wife were arguing and I didn't even know how to be sure the thing wasn't loaded. I was probably worried I'd shoot myself. I respect the need of so many to own weapons and agree there are millions who know what they're doing with them. Somehow though, we've got to figure out a way to keep the bad guys from getting illegal guns easily and bringing them into towns everywhere. Look at this insane gun record on the West Side of the city. They make it unsafe for everyone and give honest gun owners a black eye. So there's the problem ... folks are transporting illegal weapons into town illegally, but we can't touch them because they scream about their rights as soon as we try to figure something out. Personally, I think the NRA could win a bunch of brownie points if they spent less time trying to defend gun owners and more time trying to help everyone figure out how to keep illegal guns of the street. Lord knows they have the power to influence Congress.
Jordan S. Zoot June 20, 2013 at 11:31 am
The Supreme Court opinion in Heller was very specific in amplifying the decision in Miller whichRead More describes they type of weapons which are clearly permissible...the weapons that an individual would commonly use...pistol, rifle [including both automatic and semi-automatic], and shotgun. They clearly didn't contemplate crew served weapons such as mortars, artillery pieces, fighter aircraft. The new law prohibits concealed carry of a firearm on public transportation so you can relax. If I am carrying concealed in a location where I am permitted to...the bad guy doesn't know if I have one or I don't so that refutes that he has a leg up on anything. There is a difference between being prepared and being scared and I choose prepared
Harry Lime June 20, 2013 at 07:02 pm
When I was younger I lived in Europe for a few years, returned to Evanston, and last month IRead More returned to Europe for the summer to see friends. One thing that differs between the two is exactly that - fear. Fear, by nature, creates a distorted view of situations and people. It's the source of paranoia. Paranoia leads to violence. Having a gun on you and being afraid of everything around you seems like an invitation to violence. Here, as a friend of mine said, "why would we fear our neighbor? Isn't that why we have community?" And that's exactly it. People here know bad things happen but they don't let that change their daily lives. In turn, and of course this is a generalization that also ignores many factors, the point remains however that theviolent crime in much of Europe is incredibly low. In summary: fear and paranoia creates violence. In places where they aren't afraid of other people, violence is much lower. However the ol' NRA keeps the fear alive and well in the hearts of way too many gullible and terrified Americans.
june shellene February 5, 2013 at 04:32 am
There are several independent researchers. I have no idea what actually happened, but as you knowRead More by now, I don't buy the official story, because there's always an agenda there. Brendan Hunt has an ongoing project connecting dots...he's at brendanhunt.com. There are other documentaries on youtube of value also. But this is not for the faint of heart. I have been reading about JFK, RFK, MLK, Oklahoma, 911, for years...and the detail and thoroughness of the research makes mainstream media just look silly. Nevertheless, the implications are scary...so, one must be prepared to have their world view seriously challenged. I came to this when Merrill Lynch lost half my IRA in the dot com bust of March 2000, and I decided to do my own money management and research. I never intended to go down the whole rabbit whole, but if you don't want to be financially bamboozled, and have a tendency to be thorough and curious...well, you're going to end up finding out some not so pleasant realities. Also, mind you, this led me to sell my condo in 2006...and everyone told me I was crazy then...so I'm used to it.
Jeff Smith March 1, 2013 at 09:24 pm
Alex Jones makes an easy target sometimes, but re: rights, asking "why do you need this?"Read More is inappropriate. Once upon a time no one "needed" a PC. Maybe no one needs a blog or color printer, or a Hummer, or needs to cross-dress, or needs to wear a plastic mask with a goatee on it. Who other than the guilty "needs" privacy or protection from warrantless search? Some would say no one "needs" an abortion. In all those cases it's the wrong question, especially when impacting constitutional rights. But you're correct that a meme — not the only one, but it's out there — among 2d Am. advocates is of last-ditch defense against oppression (or chaos). Not an "insurrectionist" argument as some legal commentators call it. But, quite literally, arms as defense against tyranny. It's interesting that in your 2d-last paragraph you refer to an oath. Check out oathkeepers.org for more peeks into that POV.
John C Thomson April 23, 2013 at 10:30 am
"No wonder we can't negotiate with the gun folks. They really believe they need the guns forRead More that big day of Armageddon when some federal agency comes driving down their street in an assault vehicle to drag them out of their homes." Did this not just happen in Boston?
june shellene January 12, 2013 at 01:40 am
Robert, Are you there? C,mon...time's a wastin'. No time to be shy or timid. I said you wereRead More wrong. No response? Let's discuss. This is our country going down the tubes, for pete's sake.
Jeff Smith February 20, 2013 at 09:04 pm
Hi, Robert, Thanks for attending. I was the "nice local guy" moderator and this wasRead More essentially the same format CSNA has used for three previous successful forums. As moderator the touchstone's to be fair to all the candidates, while trying to process some notes (in this case, many) submitted by the audience, watching time, and adjusting next questions as needed. I defend the seriousness of our questions. We did specifically ask about pensions and taxes, and highlighted fiscal issues in our questionnaires (which we distribute in part because with 6 candidates, in-depth answers are very difficult). There's a line to walk between discipline of the participants and over-involvement. Sometimes giving a candidate a little leeway reveals more. Anyone who attended got to see some frank answers as well as some ducking and deflecting, plus some eyebrow-raising responses. Could I have jumped in more forcefully? Sure! But the moderator is like an umpire at a baseball game, the less noticed the purer the contest. If the candidates themselves don't point out another's dodging a question, should I do their job for them? The event is supposed to be about them, not the referee calling them out. Plus, every sidebar means some other question will get dropped because of time. Moderating is a lot of snap judgment calls and forums are like chocolates, each one's different. This was CSNA's first experience with partisanship. I do appreciate your constructive suggestions, tho, thanks.
Robert P. Mark February 20, 2013 at 09:54 pm
Oh I know who you are Jeff. I just didn't see any need to use names with my opinions. When folksRead More start doing that I think it tends to makes people more defensive and that wasn't my intention. That said though, I must tell you I disagree with your take on moderating. I have experience in that role and while you are correct about knowing when to speak and when to hold your tongue, I think it's important to keep the discussion on track. By the time the Republican candidates could seem to think of nothing else to comment on other than to ask Laura Fine or Robyn Gabel about how they'd vote for Madigan, as well as when the audience began yelling, I thought it had lost it's focus. But that's just my two cents of course. I still love you guys :) Rob
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