Sandy Hook parents travel to Springfield in support of gun legislation
Three parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting stood their ground in Chicago Sunday and prepared to tell their story in Springfield this week. They hope it will sway Illinois lawmakers to limit high capacity ammunition magazines.
Mark Barden’s 7-year-old son Daniel was one of 26 people killed in the December shooting along with 6-year-old Ben Wheeler who’s mother is also here to help pass the legislation.
Illinois Senate Bill 1002 would limit the number of rounds per magazine to 10 and stiffen penalties for those who use larger clips.
Monday, the Sandy Hook parents, including the mother of 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, will testify in Springfield, like they have in other states, hoping their stories will make a difference on the vote.
“The person who killed my son carried ten 30 round large capacity magazines into Sandy Hook Elementary School,” said Nicole Hockley, Dylan’s mother. “He chose to leave the smaller capacity magazines at home, he chose to have the best kill rate possible by using high capacity magazines which only exist to deliver as many bullets as possible in the shortest time frame. “
Governor Quinn wants the bill passed before the end of the current general assembly session in two weeks. It’s a vote that, right now, is very close.