WBEZ | Newtown http://www.wbez.org/tags/newtown Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Law proposes ban on gun magazines holding more than 10 rounds http://www.wbez.org/news/law-proposes-ban-gun-magazines-holding-more-10-rounds-107265 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/newtown.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A panel of Illinois State Senators is scheduled to hear from some parents whose children died in December&rsquo;s mass shooting in Newtown, CT. The parents are asking lawmakers to approve a bill banning gun ammunition magazines from holding more than 10 rounds.</p><p>The parents spoke emotionally with reporters in Chicago on Sunday. Nicole Hockley lost her son Dylan, 6, in the shooting.</p><p>&ldquo;If the shooter&rsquo;s magazines had held 10 rounds instead of 30, forcing him to reload many more times, what additional opportunities would have been available for someone to disarm him, as we&rsquo;ve seen in other tragedies?&rdquo; Hockley asked.</p><p>The legislation would allow prosecutors to charge with a felony anyone making, selling or possessing magazines with more than 10 rounds. Those found with a magazine containing more than 17 rounds would face even harsher prosecution.</p><p>Meantime, Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, acknowledged the struggles his chamber has seen this legislative session agreeing on gun-related laws. A vote on proposed concealed carry legislation had been postponed because of a lack of agreement. Cullerton said Sunday a vote on limiting the size of magazines, like concealed carry, could come down to one or two state senators.</p><p>&ldquo;I want to see these three parents come down to Springfield, Illinois and I want them to make some of the senators very uncomfortable,&rdquo; Cullerton said.</p><p>In January, Illinois state lawmakers tried to pass legislation limiting the size of gun magazines, but it failed to pass the full legislature. It was one of the first attempts to pass gun control legislation in the country after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn has supported calls to limit the size of magazines along with banning so-called assault weapons. On Sunday, Quinn said he&rsquo;d be focusing on the magazines aspect of gun control legislation this week.</p><p>The House of Representatives also has yet to approve concealed carry legislation, something a federal court mandated lawmakers approve before June 9.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers state politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/tonyjarnold" target="_blank">@tonyjarnold</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 08:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/law-proposes-ban-gun-magazines-holding-more-10-rounds-107265 Innocence lost http://www.wbez.org/blog/videos/2012-12/innocence-lost-104419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Newtown AP Mary Altaffer children.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you have been listening to the last hour on this radio station or have been tied to the news in any other way, you know why I feel sick and, with an eight year old daughter named Fiona, why I feel scared.</p><p>And so I retreat for a moment to an innocent time and I am a child and my world is free of death and terror. My friend`s father, Mr. Paraskevas, works at the Sheraton as a doorman and that allows us&mdash;a pack of kids from old town&mdash;the chance to use the hotel`s swimming pool.</p><p>This remains among my greatest memories&hellip;so innocent, taking the bus downtown, trunks and towels tucked under our arms; riding the elevators up to the pool room, embellished by a fountain and a massive dugout canoe; swimming and diving until we were too tired to swim anymore; spending our returned-bottles money on raisin toast and cokes at the coffee shop.</p><p>The 42-story hotel, now the Intercontinental, was built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club. It once housed a miniature golf course, gymnasium, bowling alley, shooting range and boxing arena, but by the time it was taken over by Sheraton in 1947, the pool was all that remained of the athletic amenities. But it is a sight to see, as are other corners of the hotel. Perhaps that was what a man named Nicholas Wieme was exploring Wednesday night after he and a pal had dinner downstairs.</p><p>As most of you know, this trip ended tragically. Wieme slipped and fell into the building&rsquo;s smokestack and the heroic efforts of firefighters could not save his life and in the wake of his death we all learned that this young man was from a small town in Minnesota and that he was an aspiring comedian and actor&hellip;and that he was 23.</p><p>And then&hellip;I know I cannot escape death.</p><p>In Connecticut this morning, 26 people, 20 of them children, dead and we may never know why.</p><p>But we must be reminded of this, from John Donne:</p><p><em>No man is an island,<br />entire of itself.<br />Each is a piece of the continent,<br />a part of the main.<br />Each man&#39;s (child&rsquo;s) death diminishes me,<br />for i am involved in mankind.<br />Therefore, send not to know<br />for whom the bell tolls,<br />it tolls for thee. </em></p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/videos/2012-12/innocence-lost-104419