Suit Against Illinois: Gun Violence Disabling To Children

Craig Dellimore
October 03, 2018 - 5:12 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The families of gun violence victims are suing the Illinois State Police and Gov. Bruce Rauner for failing to protect children from the effects of living in communities under siege.

Tywanna Patrick, grandmother of children who are plaintiffs and mother of gun violence victim./WBBM Newsradio

Tywanna Patrick’s son was shot to death. She said the crime hasn’t just affected her, but left her grandchildren frightened and emotional to the point they are having trouble at school. 

Dr. Patricia Rush, with the Center for Collaborative Study of Trauma, says children who are subjected to images, sounds and the consequences of gun violence on a regular basis show symptoms of PTSD.

Attorney Thomas Johnson argues these children and others like them are disabled. In an unusual lawsuit, he said state government is responsible for protecting and helping them under the Americans with Disabilities Act and civil-rights laws.

The class-action lawsuit calls for more restrictions on gun sales. It’s filed on behalf of three families living in violence-plagued neighborhoods.  

Plaintiffs are seeking action, not monetary damages.