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Sen. Sims’ comments post-Orland Park shooting “threatening, racist,” says Illinois Rifle Association



Chatsworth, IL – The Illinois State Rifle Association today is issuing the following statement on the senseless act of violence at the Orland Park Mall.

“Earlier this week there was a senseless shooting and murder at the Orland Park Mall. State Senator Elgie Sims was a witness to this horrific act along with his family. Sen. Sims took to social media to describe the ordeal his family and others at the mall faced.  We commend the heroic actions Sen. Sims took to shield his family and others in the store until law enforcement arrived.

Unfortunately, in the after math of this horrible tragedy Sen. Sims and his family were subjected to comments that were beyond the pale of civil discourse. The Illinois State Rifle Association condemns these threatening, racist comments.

In this country we value to our core the fundamental belief in free speech. In the discussion regarding gun violence and potential ways to solve the problem there inevitably will be differing opinions. The Illinois State Rifle Association has at times disagreed with the Senator’s philosophy and votes on the topic of gun violence.

In the coming months there will be a continued discussion regarding the scourge of gun violence and how to keep guns out of the hands of criminals such as the shooter in this tragic incident. We at the Illinois State Rifle Association welcome all perspectives.”


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