Where Casten, Roskam disagree on gun control measures

Where Casten, Roskam disagree on gun control measures

Gun Rights

Some see the debate about gun control in America as a battle between safety and liberty. Not Sean Casten. The Democrat running to unseat 6th District U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam says that’s a false construct, and all it takes to make people safer from gun violence is decreased access to guns. "The framing of the debate is wrong," Casten said. "We do not have a safety versus liberty situation; we have too many guns, which makes us unsafe, and we have plenty of liberty." Roskam, however, says the need to consider both safety and liberty under the Second Amendment is real and must be incorporated into national gun policies. "It is a balance. Under our constitution, Americans have a constitutional right to firearms," Roskam said. "It’s not an absolute right; there’s reasonable limitations. Most people in the 6th District recognize that." In the 6th District, which stretches from Naperville to Tower Lakes and includes parts of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties, gun control is being discussed by school officials because a proposal set to appear during the Illinois Association of School Boards’ conference next month is broaching the issue of arming teachers. And across the nation, gun control is rising to the forefront again after the shooting deaths of 11 people Saturday at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Some school boards within the 6th District, including Naperville Unit District 203, are beginning to voice opposition to the idea of granting districts statewide the ability to arm teachers and administrators. […]

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