ACTION OF THE WEEK Protecting Lives: The Most Basic Form of Worth and Dignity

The mass shooting in Las Vegas was the 273rd mass shooting in the US this year. Gun violence is the 3rd leading cause of child death in America, with over 33,500 individuals killed annually. Last year in Illinois over 4300 people were shot, many of them children.

We can help stop the carnage by limiting easy access to guns. 90% of crime guns in the United States can be traced to only 5% of gun dealers, some of the most notorious of which are based right here in Illinois. Between 2009 and 2014, nearly 40% of all guns recovered from crime scenes in Chicago were sold by just four local gun dealers. States with licensing and oversight of gun stores have reduced gun trafficking by 64%.

Click here to urge your state representatives to support the Gun Dealer Licensing Act (SB 1657), which would require: criminal background checks for gun store employees, training for employees to stop straw purchases, and basic store security measures to prevent theft.