Durbin: Congress Has To Take On The Gun Lobby

Craig Dellimore
February 26, 2018 - 7:38 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said Congress needs to stand up to the gun lobby if it hopes to prevent the next mass shooting.

Senator Durbin applauds the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida for speaking out after the horrifying shooting there.

But he said wants to look past when politicians are making speeches. WBBM Newsradio's Political Editor Craig Dellimore has more.

“The question is whether or not Congress will do anything about this,”  Durbin said. “The only way Congress will do anything about it is when the voters decide to do something about it.”

The Democratic senator said what President Donald Trump has proposed on the device to turn a rifle into a machine gun is not enough.

“He’s proposing something that’s already underway. A review by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms as to whether the bump stocks that killed all of those people in Las Vegas Nevada should be banned,” Durbin said.

“I don’t know if ATF will judge one way or the other whether they should be. Congress by now should have passed a law to ban them. Period.”

Article originally published on February 22, 2018.