I had hoped that the shootings of then Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords might have served as the long awaited engine to power the movement to ban many of the most deadliest guns currently endangering the streets of the United States. Sadly the NRA flexed its muscles and Washington did nothing to protect the lives of American Citizens.
I am now hoping the the recent shootings in Colorado might be the spark which would finally produce some positive results. While Washington remains unable to address this issue, it seems that it might be up to the individual states to lead the way to get these military styled guns off the streets.
I am hopeful that the recently announced efforts by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to ban and rid the State of Illinois of these guns will encourage other states and their governors to follow suit. Sadly, Governor Quinn does not possess a magic wand to enact real gun control in our State. Rather, it is going to up the citizens of our state to stand behind our Governor and to support his efforts unconditionally because the NRA will throw all of its might and weight to defeat any form of common sense gun control legislation.
As Evangelical Catholic Bishop for the Diocese of the Northwest, I ask the citizens of this State to stand behind our Governor, work to insure passage of reasonable gun control legislation.