ADVOCATES CALL ON SENATE AND GOVERNOR TO ACT NOW

STATEMENT: ILLINOIS GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ADVOCATES CALL ON SENATE AND GOVERNOR TO ACT NOW BEFORE MORE LIVES ARE LOST

Arlington Heights, IL – Aurora, Illinois to Dayton, Ohio and how many in between? It has been 7 months since the workplace massacre in Aurora, and mass shootings and everyday urban gun violence continue to destroy our communities while we wait for elected officials to do something.

Our African-American and Latinx youth are ignored. The weekly slaughter of our young people can be averted by curbing access to illegal guns.

There is a solution. Senate Bill 1966, which passed out of the House of Representatives in May, would ensure Illinois has a universal background check and would put safety measures in place to prevent people with felony criminal convictions from getting illegal guns.

The evidence-based study of effective life-saving policies out of the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health clearly establishes the importance of these factors in controlling the homicide rate and further protecting all Illinois citizens.

We have been working for sensible gun laws for some time and now SB 1966 must be a priority for the state of Illinois, the Senate and the Governor, as it was for the House of Representatives immediately after the Aurora massacre.

If the Senate had finished what the House of Representatives had started at the end of the last legislative session, how many lives would have been saved this summer? Let’s act now. This must be our leadership’s number one job.

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