Huntley seniors push for "sensible gun control"

Huntley seniors push for "sensible gun control"

Posted by Kerry Lester on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 15:52

A group of Huntley seniors have gathered over 500 signatures for what they call sensible gun control measures.

We spoke with Sun City resident David Williams this morning, who told us that about two dozen seniors have been canvassing neighborhoods within the 14th Congressional district in recent weeks, asking them to sign a petition that will be delivered to Congressman Randy Hultgren's office later this month.

A number of the seniors involved, Williams tells us, are World War II and Korean War veterans, "people who know how guns work, who have fought in wars, but have the opinion we don't need to have battles at home."

Williams says the aim is sensible gun control legislation in a county where gun ownership is largely viewed as a privilege.

The petition urges Hultgren, a Winfield Republican, to "actively support legislation that bans the possession, use, selling or transferring of assault weapons, semi-automatic weapons and any high capacity magazines, belts, drums, feed strips, or similar devices that have the capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition by other than the United States military forces. Additionally, we petition Congressman Hultgren to actively endorse legislation that supports universal background checks and closes gun show loopholes."

Hultgren spokesman Josh Wessell said his office had not, of yet, been contacted by the group. He provided the following quote from the congressman.

"I appreciate this group of constituents taking the time to express their concerns. Advocates of gun control are well-meaning individuals with good intentions. I share their concern about tragedies involving gun crimes, but we must recognize that laws alone cannot prevent gun violence. Rather, there must be a greater emphasis placed on mental health treatment and rebuilding strong family and community relationships that can step in and get help for someone who may be at-risk for committing an act of violence. Strong families and support systems within the community are the best solution to get help for those who need it. We must respect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans and resist the temptation to look to government to solve all our social ills."

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