Firearm fact check – The November gun referendum will not stop armed assaults in Oak Park. On July 13, two males accosted (i.e. attacked or assaulted) an Oak Park woman and a Forest Park resident. One robber showed a handgun and demanded their valuables. One or both never graduated from high school. Neither could pass a background check. They procured the gun illegally from someone who knew they were criminals and doesn’t run background checks – no exceptions. The offenders were gone before police arrived. (Did they leave quickly because a man with a badge was on his way or a man with a gun?) 

How do I know all this? I don’t. But anyone want to bet $10,000 the two robbers were upstanding citizens who would have been stopped by the upcoming referendum (universal background checks – no exceptions)? I didn’t think so.

On July 14, an armed man held a homeowner at gunpoint in his backyard while accomplices emptied his ATM account at a bank nearby. The victim said his wife, children and nanny were inside the house while the robbery took place. The gunman threatened to kill him and then go into the house.

Firearm fact check – None of the attackers graduated from high school. None could pass a background check. They procured the gun illegally from someone who knew they were criminals and doesn’t run background checks – no exceptions. The attackers had no fear that anyone inside the house had a gun. The offenders were gone before police arrived. (Did they leave quickly because a man with a badge was on his way or a man with a gun?)

[Editor’s note: The suspects were later arrested

How do I know all this? I don’t. But anyone want to bet $10,000 the robbers were upstanding citizens who would have been stopped by the upcoming referendum (Universal Background Checks – no exceptions)? I didn’t think so.

The voters of Oak Park Township are still waiting for an explanation of how the upcoming referendum will protect us and make society safe. 

And not make things worse.

Vote No on the gun referendum in November.

Don’t settle for feeling good about yourself, demand laws that work!

John Erickson

Oak Park

Join the discussion on social media!

8 replies on “Background checks won’t stop everyone”