An overwhelming majority of readers who responded to believe those uniformed personnel should be allowed to do so.
Of the 119 people who responded, 90 think security guards in stores at Northbrook Court should be allowed to carry guns while 29 are opposed. Nearly everyone who commented favored the use of firearms.
“Does anyone get upset about police officers carrying guns,” reader Bob Levi asked? “I would assume that hired qualified security people who knew how to handle guns. Looks like the added security worked, because Peacock's wasn't robbed.”
Others would like to see less gun control in Illinois. “Illinois citizens should be allowed to carry firearms too,” reader Donnie wrote.
There was also a debate among readers. Forest Barbieri was disturbed and would “focus on such a trivial matter,” but he supported the right of C.D. Peacock’s to make its own business decisions.
“Would you rather have the weapon hidden,” Barbieri wrote? “Rock on Peacock! Maybe we should have the armed guards at our local banks and anywhere that sells the new Jordan shoe.”
Another reader, writing under the name Everyoneisrunningamerica, had a suggestion for Barbieri’s unhappiness with Garrett and May.
“You know, if you are that upset about your representatives, you can always write them, and complain to them instead of doing it here, which does nothing,” Everyoneisrunningamerica wrote.
Another reader writing under the name Deadcatbounce thought Peacock’s made the right choice. “Let's see, jewelry store right next to the entrance of the mall and mall close to the expressway for a quick getaway. I would say smart decision by store to have an armed guard,” Deadcatbounce wrote.