A leading female gun rights advocate in Illinois was quoted yesterday by The Southern Illinoisan, which serves several communities in the lower Prairie State, stating unequivocally that so-called “gun-free” zones are “killing zones.”
Valinda Rowe, who has spoken at annual Gun Rights Policy Conferences representing the Illinois Carry organization, was even more blunt in defining the delusions created by such zones, at least in the minds of people who think making an area “gun-free” is going to prevent a violent crime.
“They are fantasy-lands where we draw imaginary circles around ourselves and around our children,” Rowe said, “and we pretend that the violent criminal and the criminally insane cannot get in to hurt us.”
How many times and in how many places has such thinking made way for tragedy?
The newspaper was reporting about the state’s fledgling concealed carry statute that saw the first 5,000 permits mailed out last Friday, and what changes in the law may already be on the horizon. Illinois is the last state in the nation to adopt concealed carry, forced by lawsuits brought by theSecond Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association.
Rowe is probably the kind of person that Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence in America wishes would just stay home. She’s been a formidable proponent of gun rights for Illinois citizens and at last year’s GRPC, she and her husband Mike collected the “Grassroots Organization of the Year” award on behalf of Illinois Carry. That award is given annually by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.