After reading the May 3 Pantagraph article regarding Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to veto the proposed firearm concealed-carry law, I was not surprised by his response. It is obvious that Quinn’s intention is to cater to the political whims of Chicago politicians regarding this proposed law.
Apparently, Mr. Quinn and his Chicago cronies are much wiser than the rest of us, including residents of the other 48 states that now have the law in effect. I also wonder if Gov. Quinn can cite even one example of a grocery shopper shooting another in any of the present concealed-carry states.
I oppose his decision as a matter of principle. The law provides for the right to bear arms for citizens who elect to do so; whether shopping in a grocery store or not. If you are not a felon or deemed legally unfit to own a firearm, the right should be afforded to those willing to be adequately trained to safely maintain and secure one. It is, after all, a right provided by the U.S. Constitution — whether you reside in Chicago or not.
Our governor needs to return to Springfield and respond to the will of the majority who support this proposed law.
Daniel M. Fitzgerald, Normal