ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – On Monday, state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, met with seventh grade students at Vito Martinez Middle School in Romeoville to talk with the students who wrote letters to him about gun safety in schools.
“When I read the letters that these students wrote to me, I wanted them to know that they were being heard,” Connor said. “It breaks my heart that these kids have to worry for their own safety, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to speak with these bright young students about their concerns and hear their ideas.”
Connor and students discussed legislation that could curb gun violence while respecting lawful gun ownership. Students also asked questions about what measures Connor had taken as a legislator to protect schools from mass shootings. Connor recently voted for a measure that would prohibit the sale and use of “bump stock” modifications used to increase the rate of fire for semi-automatic weapons. Additionally, he supported more stringent gun dealer licensing standards, an increase in the minimum age to purchase assault weapons and an extension of the waiting period for assault weapon purchases.
“These students are the reasons I voted for stronger, common-sense laws to keep dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands,” Connor said. “They deserve to feel safe when they are at school, and should be concentrating on learning, not on how to protect themselves from gun violence.”
For more information on legislation aimed at ending gun violence or on upcoming school visits, please contact Connor’s constituent service office at 815-372-0085.