Gov. Pritzker joins 11 governors to urge federal government to address gun violence

Gov. Pritzker joins 11 governors to urge federal government to address gun violence
(Source: KFVS)

(KFVS) - Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has join 11 governors from across the country in urging President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to enact sensible gun legislation to help with protection against gun violence.

The officer of JB Pritzker said that since the expiration of the 2004 assault weapon ban they has been an uptick in mass shootings in the state. DeKalb University, a Chicago hospital and an Aurora manufacturer are locations that have seen several causalities from gun violence. Communities have also suffered from painful gun violence that is often ignored in national headlines, but leaves lasting damage throughout the state.

Across the nation that has been gun violence has impacted places of worship, offices, stores, movies theaters and schools.

Pritzker joined the governors of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington in the Sept. 10 letter, which reads as follows:

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.

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