How to curb gun violence in Illinois involves variables | Opinion

How to curb gun violence in Illinois involves variables | Opinion

Special to The Courier A couple of hours ago I read an extensive story in my morning newspaper about Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker issuing an executive order declaring gun violence a public health crisis in the state. The nature of the story leaves me quite puzzled, even after stewing about it in my mind for one-hundred and twenty minutes. Not for a single minute of that time have I doubted the veracity of the story. No, this is not fake news. The story was produced by Capitol News Illinois, a service of the Illinois Press Association whose mission “is to provide credible and unbiased coverage of state government.” What puzzles me is Pritzker’s and other politician’s remarks about their intentions to create a “comprehensive approach to ending Illinois’ firearm violence epidemic.” That quote, incidentally, is from the Reimagine Public Safety Act, which Pritzker signed into law in June. Even though it’s taken a few months for the governor to publicly declare something must be done to end the senseless bloodshed on Illinois streets and back alleys, I’ll give him credit for at least recognizing the senseless slaughter. He called a news conference Monday to announce his “intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets,” according to Capitol News Service. In other words, let’s throw more money at this problem. Of course, the gun deaths in Chicago got plenty of attention in the governor’s media event. Pritzker made his comments with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook […]

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