Highland Park mayor urges support for statewide assault weapons ban

Highland Park mayor urges support for statewide assault weapons ban

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, seen here last month during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, spoke to the Lake County Board on Friday about the need for a statewide ban on assault weapons. Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering urged the Lake County Board to support a statewide ban on assault weapons during a wide-ranging discussion Friday about gun violence and how to curb it. “I know that restricting access to assault weapons does not stop all gun violence, but banning weapons of war is one commonsense step we can take. It is worth it even if just one life is saved. I am sickened that my town, and you should be sickened that our county, like so many others, has been added to an ongoing list of places where mass shootings have happened — a list that should not even exist,” Rotering said, a little more than a month after the Highland Park parade shootings that left seven dead. Rotering, who testified last month before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of a federal assault weapons ban, lamented what she said was a lost opportunity when Highland Park’s 2013 ordinance outlawing assault weapons didn’t lead to a statewide ban. “We are now pursuing those legislative initiatives, but a message needs to be sent that we need help,” Rotering said. “A single city or county cannot protect its residents because they are not islands within the state. Our law reflected our community’s values, and we did what was feasible under […]

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