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Wayne's Words: Joliet’s other haunted house

Wayne Horne | 3/22/2018, 8:15 a.m.
A haunted house will open in part of the former Collins Street prison this fall but some residents are forgetting ...

I received feedback from several readers of that column that prompt me to comment further.

One reader pointed out that the countries I mentioned in my previous column, Australia, Japan, Norway, and United Kingdom do not have a constitution that has a provision similar to our Constitution’s Second Amendment. That’s true, but none of those countries prohibit owning firearms by individuals.

Consider the fact that Switzerland, for instance, requires their citizenry to own firearms. Switzerland also has mandatory military service for all able-bodied males between the ages of 18 - 34. I found no reference to deferments for college or bone spurs. The professional army comprises only five per cent of the forces. The other 95 per cent are “militia.” By the way, our own Second Amendment starts with the phrase “A well regulated Militia…” Seems that part is often forgotten.

All of the countries mentioned require a high degree of responsibility enforced by strict regulations. Citizens in countries around the world recognize that “freedom is not free.”

The debate should be about how to keep students and the rest of us safe from gun violence. Arming teachers or even veterans is extremely risky. For instance, combat veterans may spend many hours, even months training with weapons, but it’s the experience they receive using them in combat that makes them effective. Wielding a weapon is not a part-time job and has little, if any, deterrence to a determined foe.

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