JB Pritzker

 

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker joined 11 other Democratic governors from across the country this week to sign a letter urging President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to enact what Pritzker says is, "sensible gun legislation to help protect the American public from the gun violence epidemic."

The letter was signed by Governors from Michigan, New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Washington.

Gov. Pritzker references local shootings in a statement saying, "since the federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004, Illinois communities have mourned fatal mass shootings at a DeKalb university, Chicago hospital and Aurora manufacturer, among other tragic shootings."

Pritzker adds, "with an influx of guns from other states, Illinois communities are also suffering from painful gun violence that is often ignored in national headlines but that leaves lasting damage and tragedy in cities throughout the state."

The letter implores the President and Senate Majority Leader to work with Congress on four policies. The policies include, "red flag laws," passing universal background checks, outlawing assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and to establish stricter reporting requirements to prevent those deemed by a mental health professional to be a danger to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm.

The letter says that, "public safety is the first and most important responsibility of government, and the failure to act to protect the public is a failure in leadership."

You can view the full letter, below:

To: The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump

 

Cc: Senate Majority Leader, The Honorable Mitch McConnell

 

 

 

Our country continues to mourn the tragic events in Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, Philadelphia, and Odessa. These five unnecessary and horrific tragedies took at least 34 lives, wounded dozens, and caused emotional trauma to countless others. Unfortunately, these losses account for only a fraction of recent gun-related deaths. In 2019, over 10,000 people have been shot and killed, and 570 people were killed by a gun in the past two weeks alone. Thoughts and prayers won’t fix this disturbing trend. Enough is enough.

 

 

Public safety is the first and most important responsibility of government, and the failure to act to protect the public is a failure in leadership. As Governors, it is our responsibility to listen to our communities’ calls for action. However, a patchwork of state laws will never be a substitute for coherent national policy.

 

 

The federal government has a history of acting on gun reform when the American public demands it. In 1934, the federal government regulated machine guns. In 1968, the federal government banned mail order gun sales. In 1994, the federal government implemented a 10- year ban on assault weapons. Americans are again calling on their government to act, and it’s time to listen.

 

 

Putting an end to the gun violence epidemic is not a Republican or Democratic issue, it is an American issue. Gun deaths do not have to be the norm. The time is now to break the cycle by enacting four common-sense measures. We implore you to work with Congress to pass sensible gun legislation that includes the following four policies that a majority of Americans support:

 

  • Pass Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation, commonly referred to as Red Flag laws, preventing individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm;
  • Pass universal background checks closing the private gun sales loophole;
  • Outlaw assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; and
  • Establish stricter reporting requirements to prevent those deemed by a mental health professional to be a danger to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm.

The American public supports action. So do we.

 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo

State of New York

 

 

Governor Gavin Newsom

State of California

 

 

Governor Ned Lamont

State of Connecticut

 

 

Governor John Carney

State of Delaware

 

 

Governor JB Pritzker

State of Illinois

 

 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

State of Michigan

 

 

Governor Phil Murphy

State of New Jersey

 

 

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

State of New Mexico

 

 

Governor Kate Brown

State of Oregon

 

 

Governor Tom Wolf

State of Pennsylvania

 

 

Governor Gina Raimondo

State of Rhode Island

 

 

Governor Jay Inslee

State of Washington