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Durbin presses Congress to act on gun violence

Sen. Dick Durbin wants Congress to act after the school shooting in Florida on Wednesday.
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Sen. Dick Durbin wants Congress to act after the school shooting in Florida on Wednesday.

In the wake of another deadly school shooting that left at least 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida — the 18th such shooting in 2018 — senators and representatives are being called upon to review gun control laws and mental health services.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat, tweeted "We simply have to do better" on Wednesday regarding gun violence.

Below is the amount of contributions Southern Illinois politicians received from the gun lobby during the 2016 election cycle, according to a 2017 Politico report:

Duckworth did not receive any more from gun-rights supporters, even though the Politico report states she received $50. She noted it came from the National Restaurant Association.

In contrast, U.S. Rep Mike Bost, a Republican from Murphysboro, received $9,750 from gun lobbyist contributions in the 2016 election cycle, Politico reported. Bost noted he has introduced legislation that would establish a pilot program through the Department of Justice to make panic buttons more available to local school systems.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, a Republican from Collinsville, received $4,000, and U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, a Taylorville Republican, received $9,100 in gun lobby contributions.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Sen. Dick Durbin showed no money directly from gun interests.

At about 3 p.m. Thursday, Bost posted on Facebook a link to a story about President Donald Trump promising to work on school safety.

"My heart goes out those affected by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida," he added. "It was an act of pure evil conducted by a severely disturbed individual. Every child deserves to feel safe from this type of violence at school. "

The Politico analysis, released in October of 2017, showed 27 congressional representatives had received more than $100,000 since 1990. All were Republican. One Democrat, from Collin Peterson from Minnesota, had $98,500.