Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson took a different stance on gun control than other leading candidates in the race to represent the 2nd Congressional District, according to the Chicago Tribune.
At the forum at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, many of the candidates gave their take on President Barack Obama’s call for a semiautomatic assault weapons ban. Candidates Robin Kelly and Anthony Beale supported stiffer gun control laws, but Halvorson refused to line up behind the ban.
“We’ve buried far too many of our own children over the years—every day," Halvorson said, according to the Tribune. "When are we going to go after the criminals? When are we going to go after the people who buy guns for those who aren’t able to go get their backgrounds checked? We need to strengthen the laws we already have instead of keep talking about new ones.
"I refuse to take a look at these wide ranging gun bans and pass one more law against a law abiding citizen until there is something done against those who get their guns illegally or criminal,” she said after the forum.
Halvorson has received backing from the National Rifle Association in the past, as has fellow candidate State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, according to the Tribune.
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