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GamerGate, Guns, and the Gubernatorial Race

By Will Tolan

Creator of Feminist Frequency, Anita Sarkeesian, has been the subject of hacking, harassment, and death threats as the result of GamerGate, a controversy centered on misogyny within the video game community. With the upcoming Illinois gubernatorial race between Republican Bruce Rauner and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, GamerGate is just one of many U.S. occurrences that has put the topic of gun control into the limelight.

Sarkeesian, a feminist media critic, was scheduled to give a speech on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Utah State University when the school received threats of a school shooting. She was told by staff members that because of Utah’s concealed carry law, they could not prohibit anyone with a concealed weapon from entering her planned presentation. Sarkeesian canceled her speech as a result.

She is now scheduled to be the featured speaker at Loyola University Chicago’s Fourth Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics on Friday, Nov. 7.

Utah State University’s response to GamerGate has sparked debate as to how aspects of gun control such as concealed carry laws should be dealt with. During the race for governor, both Rauner and Quinn have addressed these gun policy issues.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn / articles.chicagotribune.com

Pat Quinn / articles.chicagotribune.com, Heather Charles

We’re going to support a very important law. It’s called the Illinois Public Safety Act. It’s designed to ban assault weapons in our state, put a limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines and enhance background checks for those who want guns.

I really don’t think it is proper for people to have a concealed gun on their person in a bar, but the legislature said otherwise.

It’s very important we understand that part of fighting against the violence is to put a ban on assault weapons. Assault weapons have been used over and over again to kill people. We’ve got to put an end to that.

The states of California and New York and Massachusetts and New Jersey and several other states have banned assault weapons. We’ve got to do the same thing in Illinois.

I think it’s very, very important that we the people of Illinois fight very hard for laws that protect the people. We’ve had too much violence in this city, in this state.

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner / politics.suntimes.com

Bruce Rauner / politics.suntimes.com, Michael Schmidt

I believe we should have policies to keep guns out of the hands of severely mentally ill folks and criminals. We should do everything we can to make sure guns are not in their hands.

Keep the guns away from criminals and the mentally ill and then the real answer for crime is to make sure that the American Dream and opportunity is available to young people in our neighborhoods.

I am a gun owner and a hunter and a gun rights supporter. I believe we are long overdue to have a gun rights bill in Illinois.

I think we should have a good concealed carry law.

The real issue with violence and crime isn’t gun regulation primarily; it’s really poverty, lousy schools, lack of job opportunities, lack of economic growth. That’s the real driver of a lot of crimes problems and violence we have in our society.


The Illinois gubernatorial election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4.


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