I note the rapidity and zeal with which St. Edmund is moving to prohibit legal firearm possession on church premises. This is clearly their right under the recently passed Illinois concealed-carry law.
I am surprised that John Barrett is pushing this measure because he was a member of the Gun Rights and Responsibilities Committee discussion group (GRRC).
He and his responsibilitist ilk all agreed that the vast majority of gun violence is done by criminals/gang members, the dangerous mentally ill (DMI) and the suicidal. They also learned that the rate of gun violence among the 8 million concealed-carry permit holders in the nation is less than 1% of the general population.
In the interest of reducing the non-existent gun violence on the premises of St. Edmund, shouldn't felons, DMIs, the suicidal and gang members also be prohibited?
Or is the real intent to make a public statement that St. Edmund does not believe law-abiding citizens should be allowed to own guns? It is impossible to reach agreement when one or both sides won't tell each other what they really want.
By their own words, the responsibilitists say they support legal firearm possession by lawful citizens. But their actions certainly appear to be guided by a hatred of guns and aimed at no guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens. They are in favor of legal gun possession in general but opposed to every specific instance.
So what do the responsibilitists really want?
In the GRRC meetings, all movement toward reducing gun violence was tripped up by behind-the-discussion efforts to ban guns. The responsibilitists talked-the-talk of reducing gun violence but behaved as though they hated guns and want no one to have guns.
No problem, just say so! We can still work to reduce gun violence!
But not if one side secretly works to ban guns regardless and hides their efforts behind the curtain of reducing gun violence and protecting the children! The responsibilitists can continue to hate guns and believe no one should have guns. And gun owners can still work to keep their legally owned guns.
If we separate the gun possession/gun ban issue from the issue of gun violence, we can still work together to reduce gun violence.