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Connecticut tragedy re-ignites gun control debate in Illinois

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    The massacre of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, a 20-year-old described as brilliant but remote, was driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims.
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Despite the President's call for action, don't expect new legislation from Congress. When a mentally disturbed gunmen shot 70 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, he used some of the 6,000 rounds he bought online. A few on Capitol Hill pushed for Senate Bill 3458, to restrict online ammo sales. It never got even a committee hearing on Capitol Hill. But, this is a different story.

As Connecticut's mass murder unfolded, Mayor Emanuel by sheer coincidence was talking with community leaders at City Hall about Illinois's gun laws. A federal appeals court last Tuesday ruled unconstitutional the state's total ban on carrying concealed loaded firearms in public places and ordered a new law be written.

"I think it's incumbent upon us today to rededicate ourselves to making sure that our laws reflect what is important to us, because that is the safety of our children and their protection," Emanuel said.

Emanuel and Gov. Quinn -- who ordered flags flown at half-staff across Illinois in memory of the massacre -- strongly oppose the kind of wide-open new gun law proposed in Illinois by the National Rifle Association.

SEE: Illinois officials reinforce stance on guns in light of Conn. massacre

Many Chicago-based politicians want substantial restrictions on handguns...and a prohibition on certain larger weapons.

"I do think the best way to go includes a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines that go oftentimes with those weapons," Quinn said. "They are designed to kill people. They're military-style weapons."

Many, including Downstate Democrat Brandon Phelps, disagree. He's a longtime sponsor of gun rights legislation who believes putting more guns in the hands of more people would make every corner of Illinois safer.

"Chicago and Cook County have the strictest gun laws in the country," says Phelps. "And yet lead in gang activity, shootings, murders. So, their gun laws are not working."

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