State Round-Up

Both sides say Chicago's gun ban didn't work, but agreement ends there.

Alison Fox, a graduate journalism student at Northwestern University's Medill school, interviewed Thom Mannard, executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, and Dave Workman, senior editor of Gun Week, for a story published in Medill Reports on Oct 28.

Mannard says Chicago's ban was ineffective because people can simply go to other states, such as Indiana or Wisconsin, to buy guns. "You still really aren't going to be able to effectively address handgun violence in Chicago, or anywhere in our country, at a policy level unless you deal with it federally," he said, adding that the reason the number of people dying from handguns is so high is because there is not enough national regulation.

Workman rips Mannard's imperialist delusion with cold, hard facts: "The violence, and the crime problem in Chicago, is happening in spite of them having one of the strictest gun laws in the nation," he said.

Then, NRA spokeswoman Rachel Parsons delivers a knock-out blow: "If handgun bans worked, then Chicago would be the safest city in the country but it's not," she said. "Any time that gun bans are enacted, crime goes up."

Elsewhere:

-- SOUTH CAROLINA: Democrats spur on gun fears; http://www.sled.sc.gov/cwp.aspx?MenuID=CWP

-- SOUTH CAROLINA: Gun show turns out folks fearful of greater gun regulation; http://www.thestate.com/local/story/1007198.html

-- FLORIDA: You can take guns to work in Florida but not into the office; http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/law/os-law-and-you-110209-20091102,0,2627019.story

-- MICHIGAN: Campus gun legislation merely clarifies gun rights; http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20091102/OPINION02/911020309/1087/OPINION02

-- MICHIGAN: Fact Finder: Change In Campus Gun Policies? http://www.connectmidmichigan.com/news/story.aspx?id=368928

-- MICHIGAN: State House passes pistol law proposed by Mayes; http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2009/10/michigan_house_passes_pistol_l.html

-- WASHINGTON: NRA, others take aim at gun ban in Seattle parks; http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010154649_webgunban28m.html

-- TENNESSEE: AG: Landlords can prohibit tenants from possessing firearms; http://www2.tricities.com/tri/news/local/article/ag_landlords_can_prohibit_tenants_from_posessing_firearms/34969/

-- TENNESSEE: Bartlett aldermen shoot down gun ban; http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/oct/28/bartlett-shoots-down-gun-ban/

-- MISSISSIPPI: Lawmakers spar over passengers transporting guns on Amtrak; http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20091030/NEWS/910300342/1001/news