Gun advocate: ‘We can’t legislate our way out of evil;’ talks of gun violence in Washington

Southern Illinois advocates speak out about gun violence

Hearing on gun violence

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS/AP) - The Associated Press reported on Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee is examining ways to reduce gun violence, the first pro-gun control hearing in the House in at least eight years, when Democrats last controlled the chamber.

Democrats in Washington are pushing for “sensible gun safety laws” that the public is demanding after a series of mass shootings in recent years. Democrats have promised action on measures to address gun violence, including expanded background checks.

National Rifle Association Certified Instructor Navreet Kang is an advocate for his second amendment right.

With it being Gun Violence Survivors Week, conversations of gun control and gun violence are even sparking a debate statewide in Illinois.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.

MDA’s Illinois Chapter Leader Lauren Quinn said the legislation around gun violence is a “common sense measure that can help.”

National Rifle Association/USCCA Dual-Certified Instructor Navreet Kang is against stricter gun laws. He says gun control legislation is stripping away peoples 2nd amendment rights.

However, Quinn said that’s not what their organization is about.

“We are not about taking away anybody’s second amendment right,we are pro second amendment," she said. "We have reached a point where over a one hundred Americans are shot and killed every day in this country and it’s just unacceptable we continue to live this way.”

Kang said the gun is not the problem.

“You know, I own guns," he said. “Many of my friends own guns...their guns have not gone violent and that’s why i always take the issue of gun violence -- it’s not guns that go violent, it’s the person behind the gun.”

Kang believes the root cause of the violence stems from the lax mental health background checks and not enough harsh sentencing. Quinn agreed, except she said mental health checks are just a part of the big puzzle.

For more information on the House Judiciary Committee Background Checks Act, click here.

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