Recorded February 23, 2015. Sandra Shimon and Joyce Champelli tell the story leading up to the passage in Oak Park of an advisory referendum advocating universal background checks for firearm sales and transfers, beginning with an Oak Park group (Gun Rights and Responsibilities Committee) that was meeting to find common ground between gun rights and gun responsibilities.
Sandra Shimon is a life-long resident of Oak Park where she is co-chair of Oak Park DSA, active in her church and a variety of other progressive and charitable endeavors including the Gun Responsibility Advocates. Her proudest accomplishments are her daughters and grandson who are each in their own way making the world a better place. Joyce Champelli is a 72 year old mother of four, grandmother of seven. She received both her B.A. and her M.A. from DePaul University, majoring in psychology. She has worked for the past 30 years for Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in the addition program. She has always had a strong interest in social justice issues and is currently an active member of United Power for Action and Justice, Move to Amend, and the Gun Responsibility Advocates. She is a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park.
“Shall the federal government enact legislation requiring universal background checks of criminal and mental health history records for all transfers of ownership or possession of firearms, including transfers which occur at gun shows, over the Internet and privately, as a step toward preventing the ownership or possession of firearms by criminals and those with serious mental illnesses, and as a step toward preventing illegal gun trafficking altogether?”
For information about gun laws in your state, see http://smartgunlaws.org/scorecard/ For more information about the passage of the referendum, see http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/11-11-2014/18,000-reasons-to-be-proud/