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Debate over gun control in Chicago heats up

From a rally in downtown Chicago to a hearing on gun safety, people on both sides of the concealed carry debate are voicing their opinions.

About 200 demonstrators gathered at Federal Plaza Friday afternoon with a simple message: They want universal background checks on all gun sales.

“It’s that simple, this is the first of a three-point plan of the president’s, but this is the one we can act on today,” said Nellie Sires with Organizing for Action Illinois.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle addressed the crowd. She spoke about her efforts on behalf of Cook County to pass sensible gun-control legislation, but she says more needs to be done by the federal government.

“There’s only so much the county governments can do. We need stronger national laws,” she said at the rally.

Earlier Friday, at a hearing on gun safety and conceal carry, advocates on both sides addressed state lawmakers.  Chicago Police Superintendent McCarthy testified that Chicago police can’t keep up with the illegal firearms flowing into the city.

“I’m optimistic that it’s not just going to be a free-for-all, everyone can have a handgun. I believe what’s going to happen is that there’s going to be restrictions on it, where you have to show cause to receive a firearm,” McCarthy said.

National Rifle Association activists say that doesn’t mean citizens should be denied the right to carry and conceal a weapon.

“What business does the superintendent of the city of Chicago need deciding who gets to exercise their rights or not,” said Todd Vandermyde with the NRA.


9 Comments to “Debate over gun control in Chicago heats up”

    Linda said:
    February 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM


    L2Think said:
    February 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    A list of common Logical Fallacies (Mistakes) http://www.nobeliefs.com/fallacies.htm  REALLY read them. Pro- Gun Control politicians and advocates REGULARLY make nearly ALL of them when arguing for gun control.

    All peer-reviewed scientific research thus far has indicated that gun control does NOT help and might possibly HURT. Even Obama's own Department of Justice conducted a study concluding that “assault weapon” laws would not impact violent crime or murder rates.

    You are the ones looking to impose a NEW law that creates a costly and ongoing program that doesn't help and might HURT. The burden of proof is on YOU and attacking people's character, etc. does NOT change the fact that your arguments are embarrassingly BAD.

    Jonathan said:
    February 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I find it funny all the people in Illinois calling for background checks for private firearm purchases… and the state law since 1964 or so (FOID act) has required such a thing.

    Do they realize that IL is the only state that license gun holders to own guns, purchase ammo and even in some places enter a gun store.

    Guest said:
    February 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Illinois – Land of Ignorance – Enforce existing laws, not more lip service, and playing to the press.

    x-cc said:
    February 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    So just how much were these bused-in protesters paid.

      pagan69 said:
      March 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      200 protesters, big deal 8000 in Springfield and not a word on IGOLD BY YOU

    TripleLindy said:
    February 23, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    How about a Castle Doctrine for Chicago? That would put a dent in the criminal population.

    Teresa said:
    February 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    bloomberg has just bought chicago, $$ really can buy you anything

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