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4/22/2006

Blagojevich ads make gun control a major focus of Ilinois gubernatorial campaign

The public would be well served if Blagojevich could actually point to any evidence that the laws that he is proposing lower crime. I don't know of any academic evidence, but if Blagojevich knows, he is keeping the information to himself and just making rhetorical statements.

"It's very difficult to define what is an assault weapon. I mean, a rolling pin could be an assault weapon if you want to look at it that way," Topinka is seen saying in the ad. "She opposes a ban because she says it could ban a rolling pin? What is she thinking?" says a voiceover. "A rolling pin is not an assault weapon. It's an excuse to do nothing," says the governor.

The governor attacked Judy Baar Topinka's opposition to a ban on more assault weapons on two fronts Thursday, with new TV ads and a news conference in downtown Chicago with gun control activists who lost family members to gun violence.

"Mrs. Topinka's position on this is a hazard to public safety," said Steve Young, gun control activist.

"The people that are trying to shout this legislation down are far more interested in buying and selling guns than they are in taking care of us. We're the ones that are left to clean up their mess," said Bill Jenkins, gun control activist.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know that there are only three states left that don't have some type of conceal carry law? Illinois is one of them.

4/22/2006 10:19 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

In fact, Illinois is one of only two states with such a ban, with Wisconsin being the other. In addition, Wisconsin has twcie within the last three years come with a vote or two of getting the two-thirds necessary to override the Democratic Governor's veto of a concealed carry bill. It seems that the odds are very high that the bill will finally become law after this next election. A change of two seats in the state house or the defeat of the governor in Wisconsin would mean Illinois would be the only state left.

4/22/2006 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the situation in Illinois, in PA, even Canada and Australia should absolutely move gun owners to the polls. It is extremely important to support pro-gun candidates. This one issue, is a great indicator of the candidates's views on many many other issues and their perception of the role of government. I also think any instance where these individuals are defeated should be widely advertised as a downfall due to their ignorance of the facts and blatant disregard for individual freedom and responsiblity when it comes to gun ownership. Dr. E.M. Knights

5/15/2006 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the situation in Illinois, in PA, even Canada and Australia should absolutely move gun owners to the polls. It is extremely important to support pro-gun candidates. This one issue, is a great indicator of the candidates's views on many many other issues and their perception of the role of government. I also think any instance where these individuals are defeated should be widely advertised as a downfall due to their ignorance of the facts and blatant disregard for individual freedom and responsiblity when it comes to gun ownership. Dr. E.M. Knights

5/15/2006 4:10 PM  

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