Durbin on crime surge: “Just too damn many guns out there”

Durbin on crime surge: “Just too damn many guns out there”

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) joined Capitol Connection this week to react to President Biden’s visit to Illinois. In addressing the recent surge in violent crime, Durbin said, “We have more guns in this nation than anyone who wrote the Second Amendment could ever have envisioned.” “We have over 400 million guns in a nation of 330 million people,” Durbin said. “And how easy are they to get? Just in the last week or two, we have seen hundreds of guns being confiscated by the Chicago police and community after community that have just too damn many guns out there.” FBI data shows Illinois leads the nation in the number of firearm background checks so far in 2021. Those numbers are a key indicator of tracking gun sales. If Illinois’ violence problem is due to too many guns, then why are people in Illinois buying them in higher volume than any other state in the country? “I can’t explain it. A lot of personal reasons,” Durbin answered. Could the surge in firearm purchases a sign that people are losing trust in the judicial system? “I’m not going to suggest that there are people who say, ‘I’ve got to protect myself because I can’t trust the police to do it,’ or, ‘I don’t want the police to do it. I want to take care of it myself,’” Durbin said. “There are lots of different reasons. I’m not going to be able to analyze it,” he said. “But […]

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