Speakers Called for Chicagoans to Break the Silence on Gun Control

Speakers Call for Chicagoans to Break the Silence on Gun Control

By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang and Jinitzail Hernandez
Medill Reports

Politicians and 11 different community organizations came together to appeal for gun control at the Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9.

 
The event was held as a vigil for the shooting victims in Las Vegas and as a rally against the National Rifle Association. Speaker after speaker called for Chicagoans to break the silence, oppose the NRA and promote gun reform like the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

Raymond Stavin, a member of the NRA, opposed the proposed legislation as redundant and a waste of time. “If somebody really wants to come to your property and shoot, they’re gonna do it,” said Stavin.

Debate on the Gun Control Licensing Act is expected to continue in Springfield throughout the fall session.

Photo at top: Senator and candidate for Illinois governor Daniel Biss pushed for public support on the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. Oct. 9, 2017 (Xinyi Jiang/MEDILL).