Three GOP candidates running for Illinois governor explain how they would try to prevent mass school shooting – NBC Chicago

As the country reels from a horrific mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers, three Republican gubernatorial candidates from Illinois have weighed in on gun violence , background checks and how each of them might try to prevent a similar situation. scene to occur should they be elected Governor of Illinois.

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, State Senator Paul Schimpf and attorney Max Solomon participated in the forum, which was co-hosted by NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago. NBC 5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern moderated the forum, which took place just hours after a gunman opened fire on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 80 miles east. west of San Antonio.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, an 18-year-old gunman opened fire on Tuesday afternoon and killed 19 students – grades 2 through 4 – and two teachers.

The shooter was shot by police, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who also said the shooter was carrying a handgun and possibly a rifle.

Gubernatorial candidates were also asked if they would support an abortion state, whether or not they would abolish the state fuel tax, whether Illinois should remain a so-called “sanctuary state” and more”.

Here’s a recap of how the candidates responded to questions specifically related to gun control and the Uvalde tragedy.

If you were governor, how would you prevent this from happening?

Sen Schimpf: “It was something that happened today that was absolutely horrific. After the Sandy Hook tragedy, we all hope that we will never see something like this happen again, in our lifetimes. As Governor , what you have to do is you have to support law enforcement, you have to try to keep our students safe by helping law enforcement do their job.”

“We also need to explore mental illness and the challenge mental illness poses for our country. We don’t have any information yet on what caused this tragedy. We just know it was an absolutely horrible. We have to though, as governor, we need someone who’s going to bring us together. It’s at times like this, when the soul of our state and our nation is completely torn apart, that we need leaders who can bring us together.

Mayor Irvin: “I can’t imagine, as a father, what those parents are going through today, because they have to mourn those young lives that they hadn’t lived yet. And I couldn’t remember. stop thinking as I sat at my desk on that cold day in February when my chief of staff came in and said there had been a mass shooting in the town of Aurora where five workers had been killed And five policemen shot many policemen shot very badly And remember going to the funeral and seeing the pain of the parents at the loss of their adult children And I can’t imagine , after seeing this pain of these parents, what is the pain of these children, these little children must feel this horrible act of violence.”

“We need a governor who is going to stand up and fight these acts. We need a governor who is going to stay strong and make sure that not only do we heal after this, these events that seem to be happening so much throughout along our national day day after day, where we compare one violent act to another, we must make sure that we support our police and, and we support our neighbors, our families, our friends and those school children that we do not allow , we do not allow weapons to fall into the hands of criminals and people with mental illnesses.

“And as governor, I will take a strong stance to make sure we do what is necessary to protect ourselves. We have to do what we have to do to bring our community together and show that we are not going to allow senseless acts of violence to define who we are as Americans, our Illinois.

Max Solomon“I will ensure that all schools are secure. I will ensure that every school in the state of Illinois has armed security guards who will prevent this kind of thing from happening again.

“It’s about safety. Not just the safety and security of our children, but what they’re learning in Illinois. As governor, Latasha Fields and I are leading a campaign, not just to make sure children are safe in what they learn, but their physical safety is assured. I have always personally believed that it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun. I firmly believe that our schools should not be accessible to bad guys with guns where children like that will be shot and killed.”

Where are you on gun owner ID cards and background checks? Should they be eliminated?

Max Solomon: “For background checks, we make sure we have a reasonable amount of time between buying the gun and actually owning it. It’s reasonable. We want to make sure you’re not a criminal, whatever whatever the laws it’s a good guy who buys the guns but the ID is not required It’s an additional regulation on gun ownership The second amendment lives on United States.

Mayor Irvin: “I’m a lawyer and I believe in the Constitution. I believe in the Second Amendment, but I believe background checks are very necessary. The FoId card system in Illinois is broken. My FoId card expired during COVID. It took me a year to get another one the system is broken and definitely needs fixing but we need background checks to make sure the guns don’t get into the hands of criminals and people with mental illnesses and that it is more difficult for us to protect our residents.”

Sen Schimpf: “We have to enforce the gun laws that we have. We have to enforce the background checks, but we have to get rid of the Fold. One of the things that I have that all of my competitors don’t do is c “I have a voting record. You don’t have to wonder where I stand on these issues. I voted for a strong Second Amendment as a state senator.”

NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago hosted a TV forum for a trio of Republican candidates vying for the party’s nomination to challenge Governor JB Pritzker in the 2022 election. Rewatch the entire event.

Would you consider ordering the Illinois National Guard to help Chicago deal with crime?

Mayor Irvin: “I would definitely call them in Chicago… The point is, we have to tackle crime head-on. You don’t just fix it by making instinctive rules. You approach it with what I call the three Cs: the kids, the cops, and the community. Focus on involving children in more positive, off-the-street programs, as children commit most crimes. Get the police back to the beat and get the police in our neighborhoods to identify who the bad actors are and be proactive instead of reactive and the last C is to empower our communities to help the police get back to their streets. – Mayor Irvin

Max Solomon: “It went too far (with the curfew). Not only would I call in the National Guard, but I would accept federal aid and federal aid with no loyalty to the president. I don’t care if he’s a Republican or a Democrat president. I remember in 2020 (when) President Trump offered to help Chicago (during the looting and unrest in the city) and the Mayor of Chicago refused that help and had some choice words for him. As governor, I wouldn’t care who was president. –

Senator Schimpf: “The National Guard is not a solution that you can just say, ‘I’m going to call the National Guard, and that’s going to solve all the problems.’ We need to have a governor who will unequivocally support our law enforcement. We are not solving the crime problem without strong police and law enforcement knowing that they have a governor who supports them. It is unconscionable that JB Pritzker is running for re-election as crime spirals out of control and if I can’t fix this I won’t be running for re-election.

Watch the full forum here.

NBC Chicago

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