Durbin, Pritzker call for greater gun controls after mass shootings

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — Some of the state’s most prominent elected officials renewed calls for tighter gun control laws after the mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia. At a press conference on Tuesday, Governor J.B. Pritzker predicted the mass shootings “will accelerate some of those conversations.” “Unfortunately, we have had mass shootings in Illinois,” Pritzker said. “I very much want to make sure that we’re securing our families with proper gun safety legislation.” “We’re facing a pandemic and a pandemic of gun violence,” Senator Dick Durbin said at a separate Friday press conference in Chicago. “We have 350 million people in the U.S. and about 434-million guns,” he said. “Last year was the biggest year for the sale of fire arms a 60% increase. Two million were sold in the first two months this year. We are awash in guns in America.” “What we’re trying to focus on is something that 90% of the American people agree on,” Durbin said. “We should do everything in our power to keep firearms out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are mentally unstable. This could make lives safer. 60% of the gunowners think it’s a good idea.” Mass shootings often attract the most attention but are not the primary source of gun violence. In 2019, one out of every 400 gun deaths was the result of a mass shooting. More than half of the country’s total gun deaths are from suicides. The New York Times reports the toll of […]

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