The National Rifle Association says a gun ban is not the answer, while gun-control advocates in Illinois say it is. NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre said Friday in Washington that changing the law won’t stop killers. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said, suggesting that armed guards should be posted at every school.
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But sponsors are looking for support in the General Assembly for a bill to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. “The majority of Americans support these reforms,” Mark Walsh, campaign director for the Illinois Council against Handgun Violence said at a news conference this afternoon in Chicago. “How many people and innocent children must die before our politicians have the courage to represent the people of this nation and not the NRA and the multi-million dollar gun industry?”
State Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) is a sponsor. An assault weapons ban has been tried before in Springfield, without success. The gun control advocates also want the federal ban that expired in 2004 to be reinstated. The Chicago Clergy Coalition says it has 30,000 real signatures on paper of Illinois citizens in favor of that, gathered starting this summer, after mass murders in a movie theater in Colorado and a house of worship in Wisconsin.