Durbin Speaks On Senate Floor Regarding Continuing Toll Of Gun Violence in Chicago, Across America

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Today during a speech on the U.S. Senate Floor, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) discussed the violent July 4th weekend in Chicago and urged his colleagues in the Senate to stop ignoring the toll gun violence is taking in America. He called on the Senate to hold another vote on background check legislation which would help prevent firearms reaching the hands of those who are mentally-ill or a convicted felon. Durbin also highlighted the impact straw purchasing has on the issue of widespread gun violence in Chicago and a bill he co-sponsored that would prohibit the trafficking and straw purchase of firearms.

“This last weekend in Chicago was memorable, memorable for the wrong reasons. In Chicago, gun violence took the lives of fourteen people and wounded 82. I’m honored to represent Illinois and especially honored to represent a great city like Chicago. But, I’m heartbroken to think about what happened this past weekend,” Durbin said.


“We have a moral responsibility in the Senate to keep firearms out of the hands of people who misuse them. We have a legal and moral responsibility to accept this opportunity in the Senate to debate these issues. We can’t run away from them any more than we can run away from the violence in our streets,” Durbin said.  

Video of Durbin’s statement will be available shortly here.


Audio of Durbin’s statement will be available shortly here.