The Oak Park Township recently approved placement of two referendums on the 2014 ballot. I can't find an explanation of how either one would have any practical effect other than to make some Oak Parkers feel good about themselves.
The proposal to declare Oak Park a "Trans-Pacific Partnership free zone" is puzzling since Oak Park has great difficulty dealing with business expansion within its own borders, let alone internationally!
The proposal to support "universal background checks, no exceptions" is similarly puzzling. For example, how exactly would universal background checks have prevented the two murders recently covered in the Wednesday Journal in the past few weeks?
One was an ex-North Chicago cop who used murder to deal with an affair no longer to his liking. The other involved guns provided to a gang member known by federal agents.
Universal background checks would have had no effect on either of these murders. I would welcome any explanation as to the details of the referendum.
How would the referendum have had any effect on these two murders? What am I missing?
I would rather take actions to decrease gun violence by criminals and the dangerous mentally ill than take actions to merely feel good about myself.
Remember to vote!
Editor's note: The advisory referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot states:
Shall the Federal Government enact legislation requiring universal background checks of criminal and mental health history record information for all transfers of ownership or possession of firearms, including transfers which occur at gun shows, over the Internet and privately, as a step toward preventing the ownership or possession of firearms by criminals and those with serious mental illnesses, and as a step toward preventing illegal gun trafficking altogether?