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Rep. Mike Quigley on the chances of passing gun control legislation

The city of Chicago is no stranger to gun violence. In fact there was so much of it that in 1982 city leaders made it illegal to possess new handguns within the city limits. But thanks to a Supreme Court ruling last summer, that law no longer stands.

Ironically, the very weekend before the court handed down its decision, 26 people were shot and three were killed. The weekend before that was even bloodier: More than 50 were shot and ten killed.

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley knows these facts and figures by heart. As the representative of Illinois’ 5th district — that’s Rahm Emanuel’s old seat — he’s led efforts to pass national gun-control legislation despite enormous opposition, some from within his own party. And so far, those efforts have failed.

Quigley joined Need to Know’s Jon Meacham from Chicago to discuss the chances of passing new gun control laws in light of the shootings in Arizona.


  • Roger

    While you cited the level of gun violence before Chicago passed their 1982 gun control legislation, there wasn’t any mention of reduction afterward… In the 27 years that it was enacted, what was the impact of this legislation? Tell the whole story.

  • kyle sweet

    gun control does not work a famous quote is if you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns. legal firearm owners are held to a higher standard than the rest of the public, lets not let a tragic shooting erode one of our major civil rights

  • Downzero8249

    Your story says in the two weeks prior to thge Supreme Court ruling there were several dozen shootings in Chicago. The handgun ban was enacted in 1982 and still dozens of shootings. how much stricter could a law be than to totally ban something? It doesn’t seem to be working.

    The Clinton AWB was in effect for 10 years, proponets said it would reduce crime, when it was due to expire they said crime would go up. It’s 6 years after the ban expired. If the AWB and 10 round mag limit was so effective why doesn’t anyone give us some stats to show how much good it did?

  • Mike

    An unarmed public is exactly what criminals or a tyranical government need to prosper. Look south of the border, how is Mexico’s gun ban working out… do you really want that here? Sweeden requires gun ownership and proficienty…go ahead…look up their gun crime rates, I dare you!

  • Quigley is an idiot

    Ur show was so one sided its disgusting. The way you twist the facts about the Chicago gun band around to make it seem as if the streets are running with blood bc the band was revoked is immoral of you. I am tired of all the legislation to restricted law abiding citizens from defending them selves when we all no the truth is that criminals don’t fallow laws. The restrictions he calls for only hurts normal law abiding citizens.

  • The Majority of Americans

    Thank you, Rep Quigley, for your efforts to pass sensible gun control legislation. The debate about gun control has swung too far to the right with the NRA opposing any attempt to ban any kind of weapon. That’s just non-sensical when there is so much gun violence in America. The NRA is very vocal but they do not speak for the majority of Americans, who understand that something needs to be done!

  • auggie2

    We have freedom of speech in this country, but there are limitations. You cannot yell “Fire” in a crowded movie theatre. You cannot libel someone else. And, yet, we still have freedom of speech. What on earth does a law abiding citizen need with a semi automatic that can shoot 31 bullets in seven seconds?

  • Ali

    “Ironically, the very weekend before the court handed down its decision, 26 people were shot and three were killed. The weekend before that was even bloodier: More than 50 were shot and ten killed.”

    So how is gun control Chicago style working for you. How many were killed by legally owned guns? All you have accomplished is creating a population that can’t defend themselves. Of the 76 people shot how many were of the drive by, gang related spray and pray philosophy?

    The trouble with strict gun control is that you take guns from the people who aren’t the problem and leave them with the people who are the problem.

  • Treda

    Auggie first the gun grabbers want 30+ round capacity magazines banned, then it is 20, then 10, then 5……… That is why we 2nd amendment defenders say no to anything you gun grabber propose. No now, No tomorrow. You don’t like large capacity mags, don’t buy one.

  • UNiRAC

    I traded in my wife’s 30 round clip for a derringer ! if ya wanna shoot me fine , just don’t try to spray everyone around in a fit of rage. This is not called gun-control but the NEW term Gun-Safety ! [have a 30-06 Winchester [WWI vintage for Y2k] a 6-shooter Revolver and a Semi for tresspassers]

  • Spiritwar2012

    The Majority of Americans do not want guns banned… Here in texas, where in most places there is more race integration than most states in American, people of all races, creeds, and colors stand together as a people who know how to protect themselves, their families, and their friends.

    We just have more common sense than the northerners who take every chance they can to pat themselves on the back with their “northern” degrees, at the same time deriding anything, or anyone, south of the mason dixon line.

    We only have to look at countries that have enacted gun bans and the rise in violent crimes and home invasions. Home invasions ? we call that a bad day for trespassers down here.

  • Bobk987

    don’t recall any gun control talk after the fort hood “man caused disaster” guess it’s ok to be religiously misguided and express your disapproval of our foreign policy.

  • Jake

    This guy looks like he is brain dead, I watched Need to know on friday night january the 14 at 8:30 and It was extremely biased against gun ownership. You seemed to have missed the point that the second amendment is not about hunting or target practice It is about the civilian population owning sufficent weapons to protect them selves from too powerful a goverment that will control us instead of
    >us controllihng the goverment. If it became necessary to make changes and the civilian population has to go up against the military which could very well happen, we will not do very well armed with squirrel guns. It is my understanding that the new health care bill which nobody has taken time to read makes provisions for a military force to control the population and it is under the direct control of the president…you will
    >certanly not get any contributions from me or my friends when you preach deas that will weaken this country. I am a veteran and I love this country but some of the ruling classes ideas scare me.

  • Michigan Swampdog

    You CAN yell “fire” in a crowded theater. But, if there’s no fire, you may suffer consequences for your actions. Gee! What a concept! You CAN libel someone. But, if you are lying, you may suffer consequences for your words. I am a law-abiding Michigander and I carry-concealed at all times for the same reason most of you have fire extinguishers. When you need a fire extinguisher, you really, really NEED a fire extinguisher. I need so-called high-capacity magazines because the bad guys will ALWAYS get stuff they’re not supposed to have and I want equal footing with the bad-guys. The best way to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun. Why are cops armed? Duh! Figure it out! Read the Federalist Papers for your knowledge, not lies from left-wing America_haters.

    “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”—Thomas Jefferson Papers (C.J. Boyd, Ed. 1950)

    “They that can give up liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania..

    “The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as they are injurious to others.” -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1781-1785).

    “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.” -George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 425-426.

    “The Constitutions of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” -Thomas Jefferson.

    “(The Constitution preserves) the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” -James Madison.

    “Arms in the hands of citizens (may) be used at individual discretion…in private self defense…” -John Adams, A defense of the Constitutions of the Government of the USA, 471 (1788).

    “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” -Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria.

    There are many more quotes from the period that will open your mind to what the REAL truth is.

  • Guest 5

    Now I heard it all we all need guns to defend against the US military or national guard taking over the country against our will and running a military dictatorship. Its a joke, you have to be kidding!?
    They both have tanks, RPG’s access to drones with hell fire missiles etc Helicopters and planes etc and you puny assault rifle is going to help stop it. Add to that you are assuming your state colleagues who are in the national guard and the whole US volunteer military want to control us all!!?
    C’mon you cannot possibly believe this as Justification for gun laws.
    Guest 5

  • Johnrossd

    Yeah like all that stuff has helped the us military win the war in Afghanistan and iraq.
    US citizens could take the military if we had to.

  • Taylor Reed Whitesell

    Yes the seconded amendment dose has to do with weapons for
    protecting your home but many people miss the larger picture. With civilians
    have positions of fire arms it keeps the government in check and from getting
    to powerful. The fact of the matter is that if you want to kill someone you’re
    going to kill them. Agree there should be some slight reform as far as
    background checks and gun shows but a ban is absolutely ridiculous. I also find
    it s shame that the media portrays the
    NRA as the whole populous of gun owners, when in fact smaller local agencies is where the battles are really fought.

  • John Pidaras

    Quit repeating thoroughly debunked arguments. Vietnam and Afghanistan = Owned.

  • John Pidaras

    As far as I know, nobody ever wanted to ban guns from the military. The guy was a major. Shit happens.

    And our foreign policy is stupid and anti-American by the way.

  • joe

    Michigan Swampdog , very well said. It’s nice to see some of us still have a brain.