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OUTDOORS: How have gun regulations worked so far?

We need crime control, not gun control

After all of the mass shootings across the nation, the cry for additional gun control is in the minds of many politicians. In Congress and the Senate, the demand for more regulations rings across the radio and television. I’m sure we are in for more regulations.

Do they work? so far, I have not seen any gun control regs that have worked.

A long time ago in 1968, Illinois enacted the Gun Control Act of 1968. Every gun owner was required to possess a firearms owner’s identification card (FOID). Anyone with a criminal background would be denied the card. This would weed out the criminals, as unless one had the card you could not purchase a gun or ammunition. Illinois, to my knowledge, is the only state that has a FOID card.

Has this regulation worked? Crime is at its highest right now, especially in the city of Chicago.

We now have concealed carry in Illinois. At first, many elected officials claimed there would be a rash of vigilante actions. Of course, that never occurred.

One thing that still makes me angry is many news stations do not broadcast when a concealed carry person stops a crime. They are always quick to tell about a crime, and they call it “gun violence.” Or they show a side photo of a 1911 semi-auto handgun in the right-hand corner of the screen. It is labeled "Crime."

Most of our elected officials do not have a working knowledge of firearms. Many of the new laws are politically motivated. I do feel bad for those folks who have lost family members through crime, but control has never been the answer. In the 1920s and '30s, we tried to outlaw liquor. What was the result, organized crime? Alcohol products had to be put back on the shelves to control this type of crime and put them out of business. If you don’t think the same thing will happen with additional firearm regulations, you are not thinking very well.

Another thing that has happened is the news media and politicians have projected such a dismal picture of firearms that many law-abiding citizens have given up hunting and target shooting. Because of all the news and hassle, our hunting license sales have been dropping every year. Many folks do not even admit that they own a firearm today. They want to own a gun, and they purchase a FOID card but they never take the gun out of the home. If they were forced to defend themselves, I doubt they would know how to use it.

We already have instant background checks. We also have forms to fill out. We also have one- to three-day waiting periods. None of these things has prevented crime over the years. I still hunt, and I enjoy it. I still try to stay hidden when I enter the woods so I don’t create hysteria.

What a way to try to enjoy hunting.

I don’t have the answer for crime control. I do feel the legalizing of pot is a step in the right direction. It should put some of these pushers out of business. Most of the crime in large cities is drug-related. If more gun regulations are put in place, we may see the black market on them as well.

Gun control. Again, how’s it working for you?

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