The Republican primary for the 6th District features six candidates. Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso says, in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, he’s open to a frank discussion on gun control. He doesn’t think teens should have access to assault-style rifles, and suggests use of such weapons could be confined to gun clubs. “Background checks should also be part of the discussion,” he told us. “I am willing to do what we have to do to keep our children safe.”
Conversely, one of his opponents, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau, toes the NRA line. Speaking about Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old shooter in Uvalde, Pekau told us, “If in fact there was no history, if he was completely law-abiding, what’s going to solve that particular problem — someone that just snapped?” We think there’s a lot more that can be done, starting with much more sensible gun control. Also in the race is Orland Park lawyer Scott Kaspar, who wants to ban mail-in voting and early voting, Glen Ellyn energy consultant Niki Conforti, and Robert Cruz and Catherine O’Shea, both of Oak Lawn. Grasso is endorsed.
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