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Senators respond to gun violence at Mercy Hospital in Chicago

mercy hosp 112018State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) issued the following statement on the shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago yesterday:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the horrific shooting at Mercy Hospital in Bronzeville yesterday. I am praying for all those who were affected. To the families of the victims—I cannot even begin to fathom the pain you are experiencing, but please know that our community is here for you.

 

“My heart aches for the loss of Dr. Tamara O’Neal and Dayna Less who have selflessly dedicated their lives to healing others. I am always thankful for the heroic actions of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department but heartbroken for the loss of one of their own. Officer Samuel Jimenez rushed into danger to save lives. He will always be remembered as a true hero. There is absolutely no room for gun violence in our communities, especially not when it occurs in the healing space of a hospital.

“May the souls of these innocent lives lost rest in peace.”

State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement after a gunman shot and killed three people at Mercy Hospital in Chicago:

“I offer my sincerest condolences to the families of those killed, even though no amount of sympathy can bring their loved ones back.

“I especially offer my deepest gratitude to Officer Samuel Jimenez and the other Chicago Police Department officers who heroically responded to the scene and undoubtedly saved lives.

“While it is right to offer kind words and prayers following such a tragedy, these words begin to ring hollow when we find ourselves in a position to speak them on an almost daily basis.

“America is the only industrialized country that faces this level of gun violence. A recent report from the New York Times found one factor that sets us apart: the startling number of guns we sell and own.

“There is no easy, one-size-fits-all solution to our unique problem with gun violence. However, many politicians are so indebted to the NRA that they refuse to even start the conversation. In order to begin to stem the tide of the daily violence that plagues so many communities, we must treat gun violence as the public safety epidemic it truly is rather than accepting it as a fact of life in America.”

State Senator Laura Murphy is calling for more security at Illinois hospitals after the fatal shooting of two members of hospital staff and a Chicago police officer at Mercy Hospital Monday evening.

“This tragic act of evil is a clear reminder that we must do all we can to protect our doctors, nurses and support staff serving in hospitals around Illinois from the very acts of violence they are often treating,” Murphy (D-Des Plaines) said.

Last year, after visiting with Chicago area nurses and hearing their experiences and concern for their safety in the workplace, Murphy introduced Senate Bill 2334, which called for metal detectors in every hospital in Illinois. The opponents of the initial were very engaged in discussion, so the bill did not make it out of committee, but Murphy intends to reintroduce it during the next General Assembly.

“It’s my hope that the deaths of these dedicated public service workers renew a call to honor their sacrifice,” Murphy said. “Some of the most important work in our society is performed by the highly trained doctors and nurses at hospitals throughout our state, and we owe it to them to ensure their safety and security while they’re working to save lives.”

Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) released the following statement on Monday’s tragic shooting at Mercy Hospital:

“My heart goes out to the family and friends grieving today as they grapple with this senseless act of gun violence. We lost three individuals who proudly dedicated their careers to serving people.

“Thank you to our first responders, especially Officer Jimenez. He responded to a call of shots fired at the hospital and saved countless lives giving the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. He will always be remembered as a hero of Chicago’s finest. We can honor him by keeping him in our memories and being there for his family.

“Words don’t exist to explain how unfair and painful it is to experience such a tragic loss of life with so much unfulfilled potential. It’s infuriating as a legislator that this has become a common occurrence, and yet another reason why we need to enact measures that curb this kind of violence.” 

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