Illinois Members Intro Gun Violence Awareness Resolution
Illinois Democrats Congresswoman Robin Kelly and Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin last week introduced a resolution declaring June 1st through 3rd as “National Gun Violence Awareness Weekend” and designating June as “National Gun Violence Awareness Month.” The resolution urges citizens and community leaders to concentrate heightened attention on gun violence during June and work together to make communities safer. In the wake of mass shootings such as Las Vegas, Parkland, and most recently Santa Fe, the Illinois members also reflect on the death of Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot while standing with friends in Kenwood, Chicago after taking her final exams. “As we prepare to celebrate what would have been Hadiya Pendleton’s 21st birthday, another community – Santa Fe, Texas – is asking the same questions that too many Chicagoland families ask everyday: why us? Why my child? Why here? And why do Republican policymakers keep letting this happen? This is America – moms shouldn’t be afraid to send their children to school, the park or the corner store,” Kelly said in a statement. “It’s past time to enact common sense gun safety laws and support our young people in picking up pencils and books instead of weapons.” Fourteen Senators and 25 members in the House have co-sponsored the resolution, which also encourages Americans to wear orange on June 2nd to honor the victims of gun violence. More here.