(CBS) — First-year Congresswoman Robin Kelly is hoping her new report on gun violence can help spur more action on Capitol Hill, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Democrat Robin Kelly says her report combines community-based anti-violence strategies like after school programs with legislative proposals including smart gun technology to prevent stolen guns from being used in crimes.
“Right now, there is a bipartisan bill that does expand background checks, sponsored by gun owner Democrat Mike Thompson from California and Republican Peter King from New York,” said Kelly.
While Mayor Emanuel says Chicago is stepping up with afterschool programs and the like, Capitol Hill and the administration are not.
“The federal government, when it comes to the prevention side, walked away from what is important as it relates to preventing kids from being victims of gun violence,” said Emanuel.
The mayor says all the efforts must continue because of all the parents who are mourning children lost to gun violence. Ronald Holt, whose son Blair was killed by stray gunfire on a CTA bus says keeping guns out of the hands of the wrong people is key.
“There was a statement Blair was in the wrong place at the wrong time. No he wasn’t. The shooter was in the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing,” said Holt.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports McCarthy and Todd Vandermyde, the NRA’s top lobbyist in Illinois, promised to meet to talk about how guns sold legally end up in the hands of criminals.
“If we could sit down and do something that’s gonna stop people from getting shot and killed in the city of Chicago or any other city in this country else in this country I think it is a valuable undertaking and I’m willing to take a shot with anybody I can,” said McCarthy.
CBS visited Monday Midwest in Lyons, which was a busy place with cars in the lot, customers in the store, shooters on the range. Its management though, declining to answer our questions.
“You would think the industry would put pressure on them because they’re bad actors and they give everybody else a bad name,” said State Rep. Dan Kotowski.