We commend the Brady Campaign for the launch of their National “Bad Apple” Initiative to crackdown on gun dealers that sell the majority of crime guns in the nation. They could not have picked a better place for their kickoff: Chuck’s Gun Shop in Riverdale, Illinois. For years, Chuck’s has been identified by law enforcement and numerous studies as a leading source of crime guns in Chicago. The University of Chicago Crime Lab has recently documented more than 1,500 cases where guns purchased at Chuck’s were used to commit crimes in less than a four-year-period.*
Not surprisingly, the NRA has already begun to rally their troops and spin their typical irresponsible, and factually untruthful rhetoric to distract the public and the media from the real issue: The vast majority of all gun dealers in our nation generally sell few, if any, crime guns. Yet, Chuck’s has repeatedly sold them by the thousands without remorse to criminals that supply guns to gangbangers and other dangerous criminals in a city suffering from a gun violence epidemic that has tragically claimed the lives of all too many children caught in the crossfire.
Instead of playing into the NRA’s hands, we urge the media to remain focused on the real issue and to ask these two simple questions: What is Chuck’s doing about it? And, why is the NRA defending them instead of taking steps to help them to take the necessary measures to operate responsibly and save lives?
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Event Location: Chuck’s Guns – 14310 S Indiana Ave, Riverdale, IL 60827
When: Saturday, September 6
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)