Come to Chicago, Michael Bloomberg — in a big way — if you really want to fight gun violence in America. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
Among American big cities, Chicago suffers one of the highest per capita rates of gun violence. And you, since stepping down as mayor of New York, have established yourself as a national leader — certainly the leader with the deepest pockets — in the uphill fight for sanity in gun laws. No city or state could use you more.
In addition to financially supporting pro-gun-reform candidates for federal office, get behind candidates running for state office here in Illinois. In political terms, the 2016 elections are just around the corner. Pulling Springfield out of the orbit of pro-gun groups would be a historic achievement.
Work closely and support the anti-gun violence groups already operating in Illinois. We have the Gun Violence Prevention PAC, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, the state chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and others. If they had the kind of money the pro-gun groups do, they could win more battles.
Illinois needs help getting legislation passed that would require reporting gun transactions at the point of sale. The quicker authorities can trace the source of guns found at crime scenes, the more effective they can be in cracking down on gun crimes.
Illinois needs to beef up two recent reforms, the state’s background check law and the “lost and stolen” law, which requires the reporting of lost and stolen guns to discourage gun trafficking. Both are worthy laws, but the penalties are so weak criminals ignore them.
And now we urge you — join them.
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