(WBBM Newsradio) — Chicago Mayor Emanuel on Monday said the country has a crisis and should not miss the opportunity to do something significant about guns.

Mayor Emanuel says two weeks ago — with 17 shot and killed at a Florida high school — the country reached a tipping point.

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He is pushing the Illinois General Assembly to act on gun legislation this week.

“I think there’s been a sea change, not just in Illinois but across the country,” he said at a Monday appearance.

Emanuel made his comments after being prompted by a reporter to repeat a favorite mayoral quote: “Don’t let a serious crisis go to waste.”

City officials also responded to suggestions by President Trump that some teachers could be armed.

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says teachers don’t need anything else on their plate.

“Teachers should be in the school focusing on teaching our children, not focusing on securing a handgun,” he said.

The mayor has already called the idea of arming teachers “absurd.”



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