Quigley Attends Chicago Townhall for Our Lives to Discuss Gun Violence Prevention
CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, attended Amundsen High School's "Townhall for Our Lives" to discuss the gun violence epidemic and ways to address it. Below are his opening remarks:
Good afternoon, I want to thank everybody at Amundsen High School—especially the students—for organizing this critical townhall discussion and to everyone in the audience for taking time out of their Saturday to be here.
I know that normally the last place most students want to be on a Saturday is here at school. But you are have chosen to be here because the devastation resulting from yet another mass shootings is becoming all too familiar, especially ones that targets young people like you.
This is an epidemic that Chicago knows all too well, as gun violence confronts our city every single day—many times receiving little to no media attention.
I’m here to say that enough is enough. The time for smart, sensible new gun laws was yesterday, which, unfortunately, has come and gone. So now we must use today and all our future days to finally act.
Americans die from gun violence every single day. And yet, Congress and statehouses around the country continue to do nothing.
But it’s not for a lack of ideas. We know there are commonsense measures we can take to address the gun violence epidemic.
Democrats have supported many of them through the introduction of dozens of pieces of legislation. We just need our friends across the aisle to gain the courage to join us. Because while some are content to sit back and offer their thoughts and prayers, members like Jan and I want to put our condolences into action.
Together, we have worked tirelessly to champion policies that make the needed changes that will save lives.
That’s why introduced the bipartisan NICS Denial Notification Act, which establishes an alert system to notify state and local law enforcement when criminals break the law attempting to acquire a gun.
I’ve also been proud to cosponsor legislation requiring mandatory background checks on 100 percent of gun sales and limiting the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to keep weapons out of the hands of high-risk individuals.
Many have said that the response to the Parkland shooting feels different, fueled by a renewed sense of duty and dedication. The incredible crowds we saw at marches across the country two weeks ago illustrate just that.
It’s because of people like you—using your voices—to bring a fresh vision, perspective, and energy to this very important issue. Your initiative to say this must end is the push we need to end the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress and this country. And it’s working.
Polling shows that the majority of America agrees with us—not the NRA. So, we must keep up the pressure. I look forward to answering your questions here today and being your voice in Washington, DC to see this change.