To our friends in the 26th District of Illinois, support Will Burns. Some people I have a great deal of respect for are supporting him too.
Leading National Gun Violence Group Endorses
Will Burns for State Representative
CHICAGO, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Leaders of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and its Illinois Million Mom March Chapters today announced they have endorsed Democrat Will Burns for State Representative in the February 5 primary in the 26th State District.
This past year has been extremely violent in Chicago. Thirty school-aged children were killed during the 2006-2007 school year. Chicago police confiscated 12,235 guns in 2006.
“Will Burns has a strong record of bringing groups together to pass legislation to fight gun violence. As Deputy Chief of Staff for the State Senate and staff person for then State Senator Barack Obama, he was effective in passing laws to reduce gun violence, such as the Safe Neighborhoods Act,” said Jim Brady, co-chair of the Brady Campaign. Brady was President Ronald Reagan’s Press Secretary when he was felled by gun violence.
Burns also received Mayor Richard M. Daley’s endorsement today. Mayor Daley cited his strong stance against violence and said Burns has a record of accomplishment and understands gun violence prevention issues. Daley also said Burns supports the same proposals he does in Springfield to reduce gun violence. One measure would ban assault weapons, while another would limit handgun purchases to one a month and a third would require licensing for handgun dealers.
Leaders of the Brady Campaign said Will Burns is best suited to lead the fight against gun violence in Illinois.
“Legislators representing urban areas must be unflinching advocates for strong gun legislation, and Will Burns will be a champion on the issue and he is the best choice,” said Brian Malte, State Legislation and Politics Director for the Brady Campaign. “It will take the election of more people like Will Burns to break the logjam of the NRA and others that are blocking common-sense gun legislation.”
As the nation’s largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies. The Brady Campaign is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.