Durbin honors Hadiya, other gun victims

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin honors Hadiya Pendleton and several other victims of gun violence in Illinois during a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning.

The meeting focused on how to crackdown on gun violence while also respecting the U.S. Constitution’s second amendment rights.

Durbin called for universal background checks on gun sales, and limiting the number of bullets in magazines. He argued these proposals won’t step on a person’s right to protect themselves.

He also honored those who have fallen victim to gun violence on Chicago’s streets, and in the classroom. Durbin said, in part:

“Hadiya Pendleton. An honor student and an inspiration to her friends. A ‘walking angel’ her cousin called her. She was taken from us two weeks ago…”

“Ryanne Mace. A student at Northern Illinois University with a warm heart and a bright future. Murdered in her classroom by a man with a history of mental illness…”

“Blair Holt. 16 years and full of promise. Killed while shielding his female friend from a gang member spraying bullets on a Chicago city bus…”

“Chicago Police officer Thomas Wortham IV. A true American hero. He dedicated his life to serving his country and his community. Killed by gang members with a ‘straw purchased’ gun…”

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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