“Here we go again” – Sen. Dick Durbin attacks Mississippi gun laws during ACB confirmation

“Here we go again” – Sen. Dick Durbin attacks Mississippi gun laws during ACB confirmation

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) attacked Mississippi as a cause for Chicago gun violence during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today as the panel vetted Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. “In the city of Chicago, more than 3,200 people have been shot just this year – 3,200,” Durbin lectured to Barrett. “According to the city’s gun trace report in 2017, the majority of illegally used or possessed firearms recovered in Chicago are traced back to states with less regulation over firearms such as Indiana and Mississippi.” In an interview on MSNBC in August, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) sought to cast blame for the violence in her city beyond her borders, saying, “Sixty percent of the illegal guns that come into Chicago every year are from out of state, from Indiana, from Mississippi, from other states that have lax gun laws.” Sen. Durbin went on to speak about gun shows and lack of background checks, saying in the Senate hearing that there is a traffic of selling firearms where “gangbangers and thugs fill up the trucks of their cars with firearms and head into the city of Chicago and kill everyone from infants to older people.” When asked for comment from Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, he simply said, “Here we go again.” Governor Reeves took issue with similar comments in August when the Chicago Mayor sought to blame the Magnolia State’s position on the 2nd Amendment for her city’s failings, saying, “No serious person could think that […]

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