Survey supports taking more steps to curtail gun violence
Gun law survey results
Updated: April 15, 2013 10:11AM
NORTHBROOK — When Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison (D–Deerfield) conducted a survey of her district a few weeks ago, she learned that many who responded support gun control legislation.
From the 355 people who answered, the survey indicated support for a variety of measures aimed at curtailing gun violence.
“I am encouraged by the results of this survey. The residents of the 29th district want sensible laws that promote public safety,” Morrison said. “The legislature needs to act on this issue and pass responsible gun control measures.”
Morrison also serves on Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon’s Firearms Working Group with other freshman legislators.
“I hope to become more informed on this issue by participating in the Firearms Working Group and conducting surveys like this one. After all, the legislature only has until June 9 to pass conceal-and-carry legislation.”
The group intends to meet with issue stakeholders like the Illinois Rifle Association, Brady PAC, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, mental health professionals, gun manufacturers and crime victims to learn more about the subject.
Denyse Wang Stoneback of Skokie, who also has been actively involved in gun control even though she is not in Morrison’s district, believes Morrison’s survey statistics reflect public support for stricter gun violence legislation and hopes elected officials respond accordingly.
“I fully support the assault weapons band and I’m in favor of registration, as well. I think that after so many tragedies such as in Aurora and Sandy Hook, and in the continuous violence in cities like Chicago, people are realizing the gravity of the issue and the need for stricter gun laws,” she added.
However, Northbrook resident Lee Goodman didn’t think the survey went far enough, because it didn’t give responders the chance to vote against the concealed- carry law.
“Most of the people in Illinois and especially in Senator Morrison’s district are against ‘concealed carry’ all together,” Goodman said. “That’s why we’re urging Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to appeal it to the Supreme Court.”
Goodman has been promoting a petition to be delivered to the Illinois State House, the Illinois State Senate and Governor Pat Quinn stating the signers do not want concealed carry in Illinois under any conditions.
The goal is 7,500 signatures and so far 7,180 people from all over the state have signed.