If you would like to read a heart-stopping story about the reasons that Illinois should stop fooling around and allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons, go to www.illinoiscarry.com and read (Mrs.) Valinda Rowe's personal story about death threats against her.
And every time you read about a woman who is assaulted or killed by an angry spouse, acquaintance or co-worker, think again about the dubious value of an Order of Protection. An OP is not an bulletproof shield. It is worthless as a defense, and organizations/agencies that proclaim its value should think twice and sufficiently warn their clients of its near-worthless value. Certainly it should be obtained and, just as certainly, it should not be falsely relied upon.
Then read the story and the comments on the same website about the June 10th meeting in Winnebago County to consider creating a Winnebago County law that would allow law-abiding residents to carry concealed weapons. And read the reported positive attention such a law is receiving from Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers!
I carried on my recent motorcycle trip once I got out of Illinois. I carried legally in Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Yet, before I crossed the Illinois/Indiana state line on the way out of and back into Illinois, I could not carry legally. Had I seen a person (even a police officer) whose life was in danger (or if my own life was endangered), I could not legally aid him or her or protect myself. Pretty stupid; right?
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