Daily dose: Local history and gun control debate

Local history

In 1912, there was a report in circulation today of the odd disappearance of Harry Renaker, chief of the University of Illinois Police Department. On the day he was last seen, he drew over $200 from an Urbana bank. His wife said she cannot suggest where he has gone. It is believed he may have gone to Marion, Ind., to join the Parker carnival company as he showed much interest in the attractions last week.

(There's more to this story. Harry came back a few days later but he couldn't have been happy with the newspaper coverage).

In 1962, representatives of Harland Bartholomew and Associates, contracted to plan Champaign’s urban renewal project, called Tuesday for maximum cooperation of Champaign citizens in collecting information. The firm plans to survey 75 percent of the homes in the urban renewal area in north Champaign.

No push for gun control by congressional candidates

From today's News-Gazette

Both 13th Congressional District candidates say they would not favor further gun controls.

Rodney Davis and David Gill said they would oppose any new restrictions on guns, even after the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting last week.
“I don’t think there’s any need for Uncle Sam to be enacting any new laws at this time,” said Gill, an emergency-room physician from Bloomington. “I think it should be up to the people at the scene, to raise questions when he’s purchasing things. They can raise questions and talk to their local authorities. But I don’t know that there’s any reason or need for Uncle Sam to get any more involved than he already is.”
Davis said “we have enough laws on the books to deal with firearms and ammunition. I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. We could pass a bill regulating every part of firearms that would be 2,700 pages like Obamacare and it still wouldn’t have prevented that tragedy in Colorado. I think we need to enforce the laws we have.”

Coming tomorrow: Presidential candidate fundraising in East Central Illinois




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rsp wrote on July 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

“I think it should be up to the people at the scene, to raise questions when he’s purchasing things. They can raise questions and talk to their local authorities."

They both don't seem to know what happened. The guy bought from multiple sources in a matter of maybe two months. Some were over the internet. Did the mailman know he was delivering hand grenades? UPS? Fedex? But it's a local issue? Maybe we should all have a few to keep us safe from prowlers, we can just toss them out the window if we get scared.