Lobbyists Demand Common-Sense Solutions Regarding Gun Violence
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
Dozens of Moms Demand Action, or MDA, members took the Illinois State Capitol by storm lobbying for a safer Illinois regarding what they call an epidemic of gun violence.
"We are a force to be reckoned with in terms of gun violence prevention," MDA member Lauren Quinn said.
Constituents met with state representatives on Thursday to discuss ideas for reducing gun deaths within the state.
"Champaign-Urbana, there have been 63 shootings already this year," Quinn said. "A lot of shootings in Danville and downstate communities. We are definitely facing a real problem and we need to fix it."
Others are lobbying for a gun dealer licensing bill to help put a cap on the illegal transfer of firearms.
"What we want to do is actually simply, have a state license of gun dealers so that those few bad apples, we can make sure they're being good corporate citizens," said Colleen Daley, executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.
In the sea of advocates, there was a lone "survivor" button belonging to a mother who lost her 24-year-old son just five years ago.
"As a survivor, I feel it is my duty to prevent any further killings," said Maria Pike, whose son was shot and killed in 2012. "That is my aspiration. I don't want whatever happened to me to happen to any other human being."
Along with her determination to fight for change, all she has left of her son, Ricky, is memories.
"I have gone through a pain that will never end and I feel that in order to honor my son, I have to help others," Pike said.
It is stories like the Pike family's those advocating for gun regulation are hoping to change.
We did reach out to multiple lawmakers for more information regarding proposed firearm legislation, specifically Senate Bill 1657, but they were not available for comment.