I read with interest Ken Trainor’s opinion piece [Our Rockwell/Capra Moment, Viewpoints, April 30]. 

I applaud the efforts of Mr. Trainor and Ray Heise [and the Gun Responsibilities Committee] to get guns out of Oak Park. I only wish they devoted their efforts to getting the guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerous mentally ill instead of targeting law-abiding citizens.

When Mr. Trainor described the Norman Rockwell/Frank Capra/Kim Il Jong moment of deafening silence after the floor was opened for discussion on their referendum (or more appropriately, “Ray”ferendum), I am sure spines were tingling, waiting to see if any opposing views would be put forth!

As Gomer Pyle used to say, “For shame, for shame!”  

If I didn’t know Ken and Ray well, I would suspect them of trying to sneak their gun banning “Ray”ferendum by the voters without alerting the local gun-owning population. But of course I know that both Ray and Ken are always open to learning from the other side of any issue.

For example, their “Ray”ferendum is aimed at criminals and the seriously mentally ill and a step toward preventing illegal gun trafficking instead of the usual “it’s for the children.” (I think they mean just the dangerously mentally ill, not all the seriously mentally ill. Over the past year, they both learned the correct lingo from those of us on the other side of the gun-ban issue.)

I expect that over the ensuing months they will help us all understand how universal background checks of gun transfers between law-abiding citizens will stop the illegal acquisition of guns by the criminals and the dangerously mentally ill.

Hopefully the “Ray”ferendum will be as successful in getting guns out of Oak Park as the Trans-Pacific Partnership free zone will be in boosting the Oak Park economy.

Remember to vote.

John Erickson


Editor’s note

Editor’s note: The upcoming advisory referendum, approved in a meeting that was publicly advertised, asks the following question:

     “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?”

     The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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