History is not on the side of gun owners

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By John Hubbuch

Candidate for 1st District Cook County Commisioner

I just don't get the gun culture in this country. But then I don't get mud wrestling, watching The Bachelor or dining at Alinea. At least no one gets killed in pursuit of those activities. 

Born and raised in southern Indiana, I had plenty of exposure to guns and hunting. My dad must have had a dozen shotguns and rifles, but he didn't do much hunting. I had a BB gun. The only target I ever hit was a sparrow. The joy of my first and only kill was tempered when I held the tiny quivering creature in my hand until it died. My dad shot two copperheads on a log in the middle of Turkey Fork Creek near Leavenworth, Ind., one hot August afternoon. Now that was pretty cool.

The explanations for why guns are so great just don't resonate with me. Sure, I like being in the woods on a crisp autumn afternoon, but pumping bullets into the bodies of deer, birds and squirrels seems cowardly, cruel and savage. I suppose shooting bullets at targets might be fun, but there's always darts and carnival games. Maybe walking around with a pistol strapped to your body makes you feel like a man, but Internet porn is widely available. 

Then there is the personal safety issue. You need a gun to shoot the bad guys. As far as I can tell, for every bad guy killed, there are lots more unsupervised children, innocent bystanders and bad guys who weren't really bad guys that get killed.

So when gun advocates argue that gun show registration or restricting bullet clips are just first steps toward further, more severe restrictions, my response is that I certainly hope so.

It would seem that my desire to restrict guns in modern society is not likely to be satisfied in my lifetime. That's OK. I'm comforted by the thought that not that long ago slavery, like guns, was protected by the Constitution. It is hard for those who live in the 21st century to understand how one man could own another. By the time the 22nd century rolls around, there will be billions more of us living closer and closer together as global warming pushes us from the world's coasts. Almost certainly armed violence will spike dramatically. Liberal media will nightly document this epidemic of gun violence. The Republican Party will have moderated — or be gone like the Whigs. The Supreme Court will be much more liberal.

I only wonder if the end for guns will be dramatic, like the Emancipation Proclamation, or more gradual like same-sex marriage. I won't live to see it, but I am comforted by the knowledge that history is on my side. It almost makes me want to fire off a gun in celebration. 


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John Q Public  

Posted: November 17th, 2014 7:03 AM

Make sure to put a "This house is unarmed." sign in front of your house so when rioting and looting occur, the thugs will know right where to go. Enjoy watching helplessly while thugs rape your family with impunity.

Gary from Riddle  

Posted: June 12th, 2014 9:20 PM

You have never had a gun toting thug point a gun at you to steal what you have and then kill you 4 seeing his face nor have you had 4 armed home invaders kick ur door in to steal what u have and kill ur family afterwards. What would u do if either happened? Call a guy with a gun! Police are only 15 min away when seconds count. Thats why I AM THE GUY WITH THE GUN.


Posted: April 29th, 2014 3:58 AM

You say that nowadays, people have a hard time understanding slavery. But I'm sure that in the overcrowded, disarmed totalitarian hellhole you're looking forward to in the 22nd century, people will become acquainted with it again (perhaps courtesy of your "liberal Supreme Court".) Or maybe not... liberalism is a luxury only affluent societies can afford. after all.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: March 4th, 2014 4:32 PM

When they bury John, I want to be part of the honor guard and fire off 21 gun salute.

David from Denver  

Posted: March 4th, 2014 2:55 PM

Mr. Haybach: You can't just withdraw from the Commissioner's race like that, you gutless worm. Our Second Amendment rights depend upon flacks like you running for office in support of Rahmmie-boys anti-American agenda!


Posted: March 2nd, 2014 12:39 PM

Gun ownership restrictions, check. Reference to pornography, check. Improperly referring to a magazine as a "clip", check. Reference to global warming, check. Reference to slavery, check. Reference to same-sex-marriage, check. I do believe you have covered just about all the liberal talking points, but forgot to mention how this impacts the underserved populations. Maybe that comes in the next opinion piece? Please Mr. Hubbach, do you have anything of substance to share?

Pete Flanagan from Downers Grove, Illinois  

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 7:01 AM

It always troubles me to see or here a gun grabber equate use of firearms with expression of sexuality. By doing so, Hubbuch has proven to me that he is unfit for election to the County Board and that he may be a dangerous sex pervert who badly needs professional counseling.

OP crazies  

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 2:03 AM

Yet people in Oak Park don't see how it is viewed as a candy store. Because Oak Parkers not only have cool and expensive toys but they have the street smarts and awareness of tadpoles. I used to watch myself in Oak Park more than I did in several parts of the city because I thought someone might try to rob me because they thought I was a regular Oak Parker. Kids who wouldn't dare try to forcefully take money from someone in the city out of fear feel safe giving it a whirl in Oak Park..

Kevin from South Holland  

Posted: March 1st, 2014 11:48 PM

John Butch Murtagh: Was "guns that would scatter the bodies of prey all over the forest" also an intentional exaggeration?

Kevin from South Holland  

Posted: March 1st, 2014 11:36 PM

"I'm comforted by the thought that not that long ago slavery, like guns, was protected by the Constitution." Wrong. Slave ownership was never protected by the constitution. The constitution did not provide protection AGAINST slavery. The slavery argument fails because the purpose of the constitution has always been to protect and increase people's rights, not to reduce them. Why do you think the only constitutional amendment to be repealed was also the only one that reduced individual rights?

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: February 28th, 2014 6:46 AM

What nuclear energy industry does Patrick Moore work for?

Mrs Murtagh  

Posted: February 28th, 2014 2:40 AM

John Butch Murtagh, put that bottle down and go to bed this instant! You're way too old to be this drunk in public again.

Studied My History  

Posted: February 28th, 2014 2:35 AM

History isn't on Hubbuch's side. Two Supreme Court decisions that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is an individual, not collective, right, and a right that is incorporated and applicable to all of the states. Gun control laws being rolled back at the federal, state and local levels. "Shall issue" concealed weapon laws in 42 states: the vast majority of states and Americans. More guns and gun-owners than ever before in our history, and yet accidents and gun crimes are at historic lows.


Posted: February 27th, 2014 11:38 PM

Are you really interested in learning about Patrick Moore and his position as a well compensated spokesperson for the nuclear energy industry? In addition to being on the payroll of NEI, Moore gets paid to promote the interests of mining and logging companies, manufacturers of genetically modified foods and petrochemical firms. His views on environmental issues including climate change are not based on accepted science but tied to his long association with many of the world's worst polluters.


Posted: February 27th, 2014 10:20 PM


Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 10:14 PM

What energy company does Patrick Moore work for?

Bill Doogan  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 10:03 PM

Uncommon- Don't confuse rants with facts. NRA rubes are not that smart, they require repetition to learn. Note the use of insults and demeaning forms of address used by NRA types, typical of the lower classes. How many NRA hicks know that Todd Vandermyde is a freelance contract lobbyist, or that he "works" for Chris Cox & Chuck Cunningham at NRA/ILA? In addition to selling out NRA members w/ Duty to Inform, he is one of the people who flushed Otis McDonald down the toilet after using him.

Alyssa from Oak Park  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 6:34 PM

Nice try but no cigar! Patrick Moore is not a credible person to cite to disprove accepted scientific data on climate change. The naysayers all have one thing common. They're employees of energy companies. Greenpeace has for years distanced itself from Moore especially since he became a paid spokesperson for many of the industries that contribute to the problem. He hasn't been affiliated with the organization for more than 25 years yet still promotes himself as an environmentalist. He's not!

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 1:23 PM

Just a note of reassurance about your hand wringing terror of "Global Warming" Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace testified before a Senate committee this week and stated that the global warming advocates use flawed and dishonest models to promote their agenda. He believes that there is zero proof of any human blame in the one degree C change in the last 100 years. There is no settled science - centuries ago the settled science was that when wood burned it lost it's flugistin.

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 12:25 PM

Bill Doogan, right on schedule with his one trick pony rant about Todd Vandermyde.

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 12:08 PM

JBM, the problem is that so many gun grabbers make statements such as if they are facts and the media won't check them on it. For example, politicians claiming "assault rifles" like AR-15s that shoot bazillion rounds per minute when in fact they are no different functionally from other less aggressive looking rifles (and often less powerful) and only fire as fast as one can pull the trigger, no different from most handguns.

Bill Doogan  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 12:05 PM

John- use of irony with NRA types is useless, most can't read. HB183 carry bill sponsor Brandon Phelps supporters in Harrisburg live in trailers, w/ GED level education at most. The hicks think NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde passed a concealed carry bill. Instead they got an unlimited privacy waiver, criminal penalties of 6 mo. or 1 yr. jail for all violations, plus Duty to Inform, so police criminals & police impersonators can kill gun owners with legal cover. Lots of lawsuits for NRA.

John Murtagh from Oak Park  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 11:48 AM

Kevin - intentional exaggeration. Surprised you didn't pick up on my dinosaur exaggeration as well.

Kevin from South Holland  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 10:46 AM

John Butch Murtagh: Please enlighten me as to what firearm, NRA-endorsed or otherwise, is capable of "bringing down a satellite" I don't expect an answer, since I already know no such firearm exists and you have no clue what you are talking about

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 10:38 AM

Well, at least we have John Hubbich admitting he writes "provocative and poor reasoned columns". This is a start.

John Hubbuch from Oak Park  

Posted: February 27th, 2014 6:19 AM

After consulting with my family, I must regretfully withdraw from the race for Commissioner. My busy schedule of babysitting, watching TV and shoveling snow was just too much. To be honest I don't remember running for this office. Perhaps my advanced age is the reason. Losing keys is one thing, but you think you'd remember running for office.Whatever. I'm out Please know that I will continue to write provocative, poorly reasoned columns. I will not be silenced by the gun lobby!

David Fagan from Glen Ellyn  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 6:04 PM

Any I don't get gay marriage but apparently it's also a constitutional right so suck it up.

Dominick Ahrens  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 1:28 PM

Mister Hubbuch you are a buffoon?no, a buffoon is comedic by intent. You are instead a dunce.... perhaps an imbecile. You don't just display an amazing degree of ignorance but are arrogantly proud of it, not only endorsing foolish concepts but encouraging unsafe and criminal behavior, all while toeing the liberal line by insulting our intelligence, common sense and sense of adequacy. If only you'd figured out a way to call us racists your checklist would be complete. Touching anecdote about the sparrow to show your vast "gun experience", but given your irrational fear and hatred of lawfully owned guns I feel it more probable that the closest you came to that was watching it on an episode of the Andy Griffith show. As for your suggestion about who gets shot, multiple studies have shown there are between 1.5 and 2.5 million lawful defensive gun uses per year. Even using the horribly inflated "30,000 gun deaths per year" figure that still results in 60 positive uses of a gun for every bad one. Try researching who is actually killing the innocents on our streets. It's not the lawful gun owners, it's the criminals you and the other (D)'s encourage to vote for you when you visit the county jail. Also, as an aspiring politician, you should know the limits of government, specifically what the government is liable for. One thing it is not liable for is a failure to protect the individual. Since the 1856 case South v Maryland that burden has been placed with us as individuals. So go fire off a gun in celebratory display of your idiocy. We responsible gun owners will likely be the ones calling the police on you.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 12:25 PM

Moon - Some of the guns endorsed by NRA could bring down elephants, dinosaurs, and satellites. I have no problems with hunters have guns that bring down food, but see no sense is guns that would scatter the bodies of prey all over the forest.


Posted: February 26th, 2014 9:31 AM

What the hell is wrong with you? You are a murderer killing birds. The hunters I know eat what they get. Also, you don't need a gun to feel like a man and you're a friggin pig advocating that people watch porn to feel like a man? WTF is wrong with you? You're killing things and advocating deviant sexual immorality to feel like a man? Get a clue then get a real job and stop working against our freedoms. I can't believe I wasted my time reading your article and writing this.


Posted: February 26th, 2014 9:10 AM

@Amir--How was I to know that? Oh, and is everyone who has a column here like 80 years old?

Amir from Oak Park  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 8:22 AM

To all of you morons--John is not on the ballot. Just another reason not to allow any of you to have access to guns--you have intellectual deficits which prevent you from spotting a spoof. Turn in your FOID cards now before you shoot the dog. Idiots.

C0unt Zer0 from DuPage  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 7:33 AM

You know what I don't get? I don't get how a government (Like the village of Oak Park or the City of Chicago) can violate people basic human rights - the right to exist, the right to defend one's own life and the right to have an effective means of defending one's own life, and then fail to address the very real dangers facing those defenseless citizens.

C0unt Zer0 from DuPage  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 7:32 AM

The CTA laid off 250 trained security guards to make room for more union jobs - friends and family of the politically connected union hacks. People with NO secirity training at all. The 450 security guards that were laid off that had undergone 40 hours of security training and attained state security licenses - controlled and managed by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. The replacement "workers" ? No experience and no formal accredited security training.

Greg from Oak Park  

Posted: February 26th, 2014 7:24 AM

So why are you misrepresenting who you are? Candidate for Cook County Commissioner is a blatant lie.


Posted: February 26th, 2014 5:46 AM

You're not on the ballot, yet you call yourself a candidate for Cook County Commissioner. Well, then I'm declaring myself candidate for Governor! No wait, make that President! You disgrace the electoral process.

Andrew from Chicago  

Posted: February 25th, 2014 11:30 PM

"It would seem that my desire to restrict speech in society is not likely to be satisfied in my lifetime. That's OK. I'm comforted by the thought that not that long ago slavery, like speech, was protected by the Constitution." You act as if the only right that has been eroded is the 2nd (funny you actually admit that, sounds more like you're going to be violating your oath of office if that's the attitude you have). So yeah, cheer erosions of civil liberties. Fine. The 2nd isn't the only one.


Posted: February 25th, 2014 11:00 PM

Wow. Now I know who Not to vote for. I really don't think you have the intellectual capacity, political acumen or understanding of history for the position.

Jack from Elgin  

Posted: February 25th, 2014 10:45 PM

The right to self-defense against a criminal attack is a fundamental right. Any person that would advocate taking away the personal tools in exchange for a promise of safety they can not possible keep is intellectually corrupt at best and morally corrupt otherwise.

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