Illinois General Assembly

Action needed to stop gun violence

This is in response to a recent Last Word submission "Deaths in Chicago" asking for a response from a Democrat about the high number of deaths in Chicago, and asking what the Democrats and our outgoing president have done to help the situation.

I have the answer to the question, but not the solution to the problem.

Because the Republican Congress has bowed to the will of the NRA, no bill will ever pass in the house to close the gun show loophole that exists in federal laws; nor will the General Assembly do so here in Virginia. People are free to attend a gun show in Virginia and purchase anything from a handgun to the AR-15 out of the back of a private gun seller's...