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July 23, 2014, 11:22 pm
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Jim Leach is a lifelong Springfield resident whose first radio gig was at WMAY -- in 1983! After a stint as a reporter at Channel 20, he rejoined the station part-time in 1990, and began working there full-time in 1995. A year later, he began hosting his daily talk show. These days, Springfield wakes up with Jim and his unique blend of fiery conversation, newsmaking interviews, hard-hitting facts and unbridled opinion. Jim is a multiple winner of the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award and the Illinois Times Readers' Choice Award.


Before You Exploit A Tragedy For Political Points...

In the aftermath of the Colorado theater killings, some people are already talking about the role that concealed carry plays in incidents like this.  So I looked up the worst mass shooting incidents in America in recent years.  These are the type of incidents where, conceivably, an armed person might have a better chance at stopping an assailant.

 

If an attacker is coming after you only, he may have the jump on you.  You may not have time to unholster your weapon and return fire.  But if the gunman has many targets, he can't fire at them all at once -- giving you the opening to return fire and stop the carnage.

 

We are told that concealed carry is a deterrent to crime, because the shooter doesn't want to get shot by you.  Yet this list of the worst mass shooting incidents in America over the last 25 years or so shows one interesting thing they all have in common: they were all in states other than Illinois, the only state that does not have a concealed carry law.

 

I offer this in the hopes of providing some perspective before people begin jumping on the chance to turn tragedy into political opportunism...

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