Residents of our state will soon have the right to carry concealed weapons in public, but that doesn't mean safety is guaranteed.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Freshman Brad Schneider and Veteran Jan Schakowsky come away with different impressions of the same message. Sen. Mark Kirk joins the chorus on gun control.
Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) saw President Barack Obama’s State of the Union through different eyes but came away with the same message Tuesday. Both north suburban lawmakers praised and ratified the President’s proposals to raise the minimum wage, stimulate job growth, implement gun control and more. They heard the same message but saw it differently. Earlier: Schneider, Schakowsky Give Back to Honor King Schakowsky, a seven-term veteran, was excited by the challenge the President laid at the feet of Congress while Schneider was awed by the full experience of his first State of the Union address on the floor of the House of Representatives. “It was a pretty incredible experience,” Schneider said…
Monday, February 11, 2013
The 28th District Senator recently sponsored a gun control bill that passed the Senate committee.
Park Ridge/Des Plaines Senator Dan Kotowski could be a key lawmaker in the Illinois gun control debate, The Daily Herald reports. Kotowski has always been a major advocate for gun control. The 28th District Senator sponsored a bill to ban the possession of high-capacity gun magazines, which passed the Senate committee. His views are in line with Gov. Pat Quinn, who called for a ban on assault rifles and limitations on ammunition magazines in his State of the State address last week, the Herald reports. House Speaker Michael Madigan will hold two public hearings regarding Illinois gun control later this month, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Monday, February 4, 2013
What do you think needs to be done to stop school shootings? Do you agree with President Obama’s plan for gun control? Are you a fan of the NRA’s idea to have armed guards in schools?
Following another school shooting, this time in Atlanta on Jan. 31, Patch asked readers if they believed President Obama's gun control proposals will help prevent school shootings. We also asked readers what they feel needs to be done to stop school shootings, such as bringing in armed guards. Here are some of the responses we received. Some comments have been edited for length, grammar and clarity: "What will stop the school shootings? 1. Pass a law forcing all gun owners to buy a heavy duty gun box and keep all guns locked up 24-7. Keep a hand gun out for home security, but if you go out lock up the all the guns. 2. Armed guards in all schools. 3. Metal detectors. 4. Bullet proof all school first floor windows and doors. Keep all school …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Do you believe Obama's gun control proposals will help prevent school shootings?
Another school shooting took place in Atlanta Thursday, the Huffington Post reports. A student opened fire at Price Middle School, shooting a 14-year-old in the neck before being stopped by an armed officer at the school. The wounded boy was taken to a nearby hospital and later discharged, the website reports. The school does have metal detectors, and it’s unclear how the weapon got inside, Fox Atlanta reports. This incident is the latest school shooting in recent months. Most notably, 26 people, mostly elementary school children, were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in December. The Newtown shooting sparked a nationwide debate over gun control. President Obama made several proposals regarding the topic in mid…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
President Obama presented several proposals for increased gun control this week.
President Obama made several proposals for increased gun control this week. Among the president's proposals were background checks for all gun sales, even those by private sellers, reinstating and strengtening the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, the New York Times reported. The White House's entire 15-page proposal can be downloaded here. We also attached video of the president discussing the plan to this post. Other aspects of the plan include putting 1,000 more school resource officers and counselors in schools and improving mental health services. "We are going to need to work on making access to mental health care as as easy as access to a gun," Obama said. The proposals come …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Sen. Dan Kotowski's bill to ban the possession and sale of high-capcity gun magazines passed the Senate committee on Wednesday, the State-Journal Register reported.
Illinois' 28th District Sen. Dan Kotowski, of Park Ridge, sponsored a bill to ban the possession and sale of high-capcity gun magazines, which passed the Senate committee on Wednesday, the State-Journal Register reported. The Illinois Senate committee also passed a bill that bans possessing and selling semi-automatic guns, the State-Journal Register reported.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
A mother who has lost a child urges parents, grandparents to rise up and take action for gun control. A Letter to the Editor.
The following Letter to the Editor represents the views of the writer. Patch merely serves as a platform for individals to express their opinions. Well folks, HERE WE GO AGAIN1I am sick and tired of the mindset of the gun lobby! And our citizens that have fought for and earned the right to carry guns to schools, churches and public meetings! What has happened to our values? Is it more important to save the lives of innocent children or ensure every damn person the right to bear arms? Doesn't each child deserve the right to go to school in safety, to be able to grow up and live a life? How much longer are these senseless executions of our young people going to take place? Murder is NOT a strong enough term. They are being executed. while …
A gunman shot and killed 26 people including 20 children in a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
A gunman opened fire this week at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. killing 26 people including 20 children. Although gun enthusiasts bristle at the idea that gun control should be part of any discussion in the wake of such a tragedy, the fact is guns were the means by which this horrific act was committed. Since 1982 most mass shootings have been done with weapons that were obtained legally, Mother Jones reported. A vast array of weapons were used, but semi-automatic handguns were involved most often. The magazine's report found that on average there were two mass shootings a year since 1982, however, 24 of the 61 cases it examined happened since 2006. The number of guns owned in the U.S. rose from 200 million to 300 million between …