Illinois 17th Congressional District Forum: Democrats on Gun Violence

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Primary candidates present their approach to major national issues a few days before the elections

We’re back with Democratic primary candidates in the race for Illinois’ 17th congressional district.

We talk about gun violence and the new bipartisan legislation unveiled by the Senate this week. It would shut down the so-called Boyfriend Loophole and ban people convicted of domestic violence in romantic relationships from buying guns. And it would create a longer background check process for gun buyers under 21.

We asked our panelists to share their thoughts:

Jonathan Logemann: “I remember when I was 7 and we got a phone call saying my aunt in Rockford had been shot in the head…. I would absolutely support this move in Congress.

Angie Normoyle: “I am delighted that there has been progress…. I am very happy that the loopholes are fixed. I would absolutely vote for that.

Eric Sorensen: “We have to commit to solving this problem. He kills our children at school. I believe that our next Congress must make legitimate changes on this issue.

Litesa Wallace: ‘As a trained mental health professional, survivor of domestic violence and someone who was hiding under a desk in Graham Hall the day the shooter opened fire at Kohl Hall, I have witnessed violence army.”

Marsha Williams: “I would certainly support any legislation that brings common sense gun control…. We also need to extend this to gun safety.

This brings us to our question of the week. What do you think of bipartisan legislation that would tackle gun violence by expanding background checks on gun buyers under 21 and older? Let us know your thoughts at [email protected]

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