Be sure to catch Bishop On Air from 10 to noon on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield. Today, we'll do some News on the March to start the show--wetting our pallet for what to expect throughout the day. We'll also get into one more round of concealed carry talk and have a Springfield City Council preview. That's all ahead when Bishop On Air takes over from 10 to noon on 970 WMAY.
News on the March
We'll start things off to go through some of the big stories from today, including Obama-care delays, hearings about the NSA, the second part of Snowden's comments, and more. Be sure to catch this quick recap of things you should know about.
For the record
Let's take a second to discuss the diametrically opposed viewpoints of carrying weapons outside the home ...
For months, opponents of carry laws have been very adamant in talking about access to guns and how guns in criminals hands must be curbed. That group of opponents say that allowing law abiding citizens to lawfully exercise their RIGHTS (it's not a need) to carry weapons outside the home for self defense will lead to more guns on the streets and some have even said it will turn into the "wild west." Some have also said that someone wanting to exercise their right to carry a firearm is an effort to boost their manhood. Tell that to Mary Shepard. These tactics are empty. These tactics are based on fear.
Yesterday when discussing the fear of the opposition, Jim Leach popped on the air to flail about how bogus it was saying he and other opponents fear lawful carrying of firearms. He proceeded to say that it's the gun advocates who fear the world, citing legitimate concerns of impending tyranny (obviously he hasn't read the latest NSA news). That argument has more to do with owning semi-auto rifles and has nothing to do with legally carrying firearms outside the home for self protection.
Here's the deal: Those who want to exercise their rights of carry firearms legally understand the reality and that reality is in some circumstances (and we all hope nobody ever finds themselves in any instance where violence is inevitable) criminals have guns and the intent to do harm. That's not an irrational fear. That's understanding reality and wanting to be prepared in any situation.
The opposition to the right to bear arms have the irrational fear. They fear their neighbors carrying firearms. They fear the stranger walking down the street possibly carrying a firearm. They have an irrational fear that a lawful gun owner exercising their right to carry in public will lead to shootouts at restaurants. But interesting, with the deadline looming, they now have changed their tune all together to say "my life isn't going to be impacted at all" and they point to some opinion poll that "most people won't get the permit anyways, so what does it matter." These are signs of absolute defeat and in essence rolling over while still whimpering in the process.
As was mentioned yesterday, some also want to say "all rights have limitations." That's a BS statist reaction to the clearly and explicit rights outlined by the Bill of Rights. Those making that statement want laws limiting the rights. But in reality those rights "shall not be infringed" or there shall be "no law infringing," etc. That's not to say that someone shouldn't be held responsible for their actions ... because the principles of liberty and freedom require you to be held responsible for your actions. There's a difference between infringing on rights and holding people responsible for their actions.
The fact is, Illinois has denied the right to bear arms for decades. It's a right defined explicitly in the Second Amendment to the US constitution. Don't like that? Have fun trying to amend the constitution. But don't fall back on bogus laws that limit constitutional rights. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Tonight is the a Committee of the Whole for Springfield's City Council Meeting. Be sure to catch the last segment of the show to get a rundown of what to expect at tonight's meeting and be sure to catch the Council Roundup Wednesday morning during Bishop On Air! Catch up with the happenings at City Hall with The Council Roundup Podcast.
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