Wisdom from the Chicago Sun-Times on the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act (SB 337):
The news of the weekend was dominated by coverage of the killing of 10 people, mostly teenagers, at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. But who are we kidding here in Chicago?
More people than that were shot dead in our city in the last week or so, and it was an ordinary thing, like a budgeted cost of living in the big city.
For every person killed in Chicago, many more are wounded. On Thursday, 11 people were shot. On Wednesday, nine. The day before, eight. Earlier this month, almost 40 people were shot in just three days.
Of all the dozens of possible ways to slow the bloodshed in Chicago from a gush to a trickle, one of the biggest “small” solutions would be a state certification requirement for gun shops — a proposal now before the Legislature.
Lawmakers who care about the safety of our children, families and communities put aside their differences to craft a bipartisan measure to curb the flow of illegal guns. This is good policy that will have a direct impact on reducing gun violence in our state.
We need your help to get this bill over the finish line before session adjourns on May 31. SB 337 passed out of the Senate and is scheduled for a hearing in the House on Thursday at 10:00 am. Please file a witness slip supporting the bill (proponent) by clicking on the image below:
We are running head to head with the NRA on slips. Let’s ramp up and send a strong message to our lawmakers that people across ILLINOIS support doing everything we can to stop the flow of illegal guns.
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Thank you for taking action today. It’s #OurOneJob.