Crime is real and scary. I'm a husband and a dad and, for that matter, a gun owner.
I was less impressed with some of the claims made by the speakers, which did not comport with the trends as I understand them in areas including violent crime rates and child abductions. And as was pointed out at the meeting, the ban is a continuation of existing policy, not a big change in direction.
One of the biggest problems I heard was the repeated implication that people with carry permits present no potential risks themselves. The Trayvon Martin case, in which the killer seems to have had a concealed-carry permit, offers a timely and dramatic example to the contrary. I was grateful to TDBS, a former cop herself, for bringing it up.
Of course George Zimmerman does not represent all the good people who want to carry guns, and of course bad things might happen even in parks that seem to be have been pretty safe over many years during which guns were not allowed. But the realities are more complicated than a lot of folks are willing to allow.