Judy Masterson: Don’t be silent about gun reform
March 1, 2011 9:28PM
Thomas Delany Jr. Staff Photographer. Judy Masterson, resporter for The News Sun. 7/12/06
Updated: March 2, 2011 2:15AM
I usually put phone numbers and Web sites at the bottom of this column, but the following two belong at the top: state Rep. Rita Mayfield’s constituent service office at (847) 599-2800 and www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org and www.fixgunchecks.org.
Mayfield, D-Waukegan, is reporting little expressed interest in gun control in the 60th district, where come this spring, gun violence will burst forth just as surely as buds on tree branches. Public safety is high on Mayfield’s list of priorities, she said, and she needs to hear from people on the issue of gun control. She hadn’t received a single call expressing an opinion as of last week, and her town hall meeting on Saturday attracted people from outside her district who insist we need more guns, not fewer.
In Arizona, a state where the weaponry used in the Tuscon rampage that killed six and wounded 13 has barely cooled, lawmakers are calling for the arming of college students and instructors. Nearly a dozen states are at this moment weighing the pros and cons of allowing guns on college campuses. Oh. My. God.
And in Illinois, the push is on to allow concealed carry.
But there is also light to counter this madness.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is crossing the country with its National Drive to Fix Gun Checks, On Monday, the tour stopped in Chicago, where they delivered nearly 10,000 petition signatures from Illinois residents — including mine — to U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., who is trying to close loopholes that enable dangerous people access to guns.
Last month, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., announced new legislation that would add records of criminals, drug abusers, and the mentally ill, who are already prohibited by law from buying guns, into the nation’s background check system, and also to require background checks for every gun sale.
More than a quarter-million people have signed a petition to support the Fix Gun Checks plan. Every day, 34 Americans are murdered by guns. If you want reform, don’t be silent.
Call. Sign. Vote.