Like all people of good conscience Illinois’ 1.5 million law-abiding firearm owners are shocked and saddened by the crime that took place recently in Newtown, Connecticut. The families of the victims are certainly in our thoughts as they work through the anguish that accompanies the sudden and violent loss of a loved one.
The heartfelt compassion we feel for the victims of this crime is matched only by the deep disdain we feel for Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the rest of the political opportunists who have swooped down on Newtown like a flock of vultures hungry to devour the 2nd Amendment.
The echoes of the sirens had hardly faded when Quinn and other gun control extremists hit the airwaves calling for the passage of legislation that would effectively abolish the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution. Law-abiding gun owners have grown used to being blamed for the misdeeds of others and we’re equally used to mounting effective defenses against those who would deny us our rights.
In the hours since the horror, we’ve learned a lot about the Newtown killer – with sadly familiar patterns emerging. As has been seen in mass shootings dating way back to Laurie Dann, the Newtown killer was apparently a mentally ill young person whose wealthy family insulated him from reality until he decided to create his own reality – at the expense of more than two dozen innocent people.