Chicago, “A gun free Zone”

President Obama says he’s going to stick around DC when his term is up. I don’t blame him. It is safer (just barely) than his hometown of Chicago. Over the past two weekends 50 people were shot in Chicago. At one point they were killing one person per hour in a 15 hour period.

But, how is that possible? Chicago has the toughest gun laws of any city in America. And, quite appropriately, the President has called for more gun laws. Somehow, I am just not convinced that we need more gun laws. In fact, I think that we just need one gun law. And that law would be that all criminals turn in their guns. What do you think the chances are of that law being obeyed?

Oddly, the President and all the gun-law advocates fail to acknowledge that it is not law-abiding citizens who are killing each other. It is predominately black criminals killing other black criminals, criminal gangs killing other criminal gangs, and mentally psychotic people killing anybody that the “voices in their heads” tell them to. We once had institutions for the mentally ill. Now we keep them for 72 hours in a hospital and turn them back out on the street.

I’ve been to Chicago twice in my life and that was a long time ago. What I recalled were the wide, well lighted sidewalks and the nice cafes and restaurants and the famous “water tower.” But there is an underbelly to that city where it is now a jungle. Law abiding people aren’t allowed a gun to protect themselves because they would try to obtain it legally. How many criminals do you suspect would legally apply for a gun permit? By definition, Law Abiding Citizens don’t kill people, unless it is in self-defense and they feel their lives are in danger. We don’t need MORE gun laws – we need more criminals to OBEY the laws we have. Of course, that is never going to happen.

Places like Chicago and DC and LA could take a lesson from Kennesaw, Georgia. An ordinance there demands that every household have a firearm. How many home invasions have your heard about in Kennesaw? They have no need for signs that say “Gun Free Zone.” How many criminals can read? And “Gun Free” signs never saved one life. But I can promise you that thugs who want to shoot people will not go where they have a chance of being shot themselves. How many times must the obvious be stated? Guns don’t kill people, unless their triggers are pulled by a human. Make that “sub-human.”

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John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on and available from . .
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