McCarthy calls for tougher gun laws after mass overnight shootings
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy angrily calls for harsher gun laws in the wake of the shooting that left 13 people wounded in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.
“Illegal guns, illegal guns, illegal guns drive violence. Military-type weapons, like the one we believed to have been used in this shooting, belong on the battlefield. Not on the street, or on the corner, or in a park in the Back of the Yards. This country should have a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, like the ones used in this event. It’s common sense,” said McCarthy at a news conference on Friday.
He also called for background checks on all gun sales. He added at the state level, people should be required to report the transfer of weapons.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin also weighed in on the shooting.
He said people who are mentally ill, or have committed violent felonies, should not be allowed to legally buy guns in the U.S. Durbin also said people should not be allowed to buy guns for those who are prohibited from doing so. It’s a practice that’s known as “straw purchases.”
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.