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Sanguinetti ties gun issue to Cuban heritage while talking AV

Friday, May 18, 2018

By Hannah Meisel

* Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti did a couple talk radio interviews Thursday with WJBC in Bloomington and WSOY in Decatur. Other than repeating she was “optimistic” a budget will be agreed upon before the end of the month, there was nothing else much notable.

However, I did find her comments on WSOY about Gov. Rauner’s amendatory veto of the gun bill interesting, if only for what was not discussed.

Before talking about anything else in the package, she pointed to the part of the governor’s AV that would provide more funding for school resource officers and mental health professionals and mentioned Wednesday’s attempted school shooting in Dixon, which thankfully ended with no fatalities.

* From there, the conversation jumped to JB Pritzker’s stance on gun control…

“We know that right now the package that we’re putting forward is fair on both sides. Whereas JB Pritzker — we know him to be hostile to the Second Amendment. And we also know that Pritzker is a big-money funder of state and national gun control groups, donating over I believe $100,000 to gun control groups.”

* She also said she looks at the gun debate through the lens of the daughter of a Cuban immigrant. Sanguinetti’s mother was a refugee from the communist regime…

“The first thing [Fidel] Castro did to us was take away our guns, and what followed that was taking away our freedoms”

The tie-back to her mother’s story growing up in communist Cuba was something Sanguinetti mentioned Monday at the announcement of the governor’s AV…

“The first thing Fidel Castro did was take away our ability to defend ourselves, take away our guns. The second thing he did to the people of Cuba was take away their properly. And then thirdly was our freedom. So I remember growing up with these stories of oppression. I remember my mother and family members telling me what it was like to not be able to read a book of your choosing, not be able to be able to practice a religion of your family’s choosing. That’s what a dictatorship does. And it doesn’t work. And I think we can all agree on that. So needless to say, my mother always raised me to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.”

Curiously, though, nothing about what many consider the main tenets of the original bill — the 72-hour waiting period — was discussed in detail, and the blockbuster announcement of the AV dealing with putting the death penalty back in place for cop killers and mass murders was not mentioned at all.


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  1. - Truth Squad - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:03 pm:

    Who decided to put Sanguinetti out there to speak for the administration? #BTIA

  2. - wordslinger - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:03 pm:

    So, if I’m following her line, Pritzker is Castro, or something? Billionaire commie?

  3. - PJ - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:07 pm:

    Following her logic, if I dare, is she accusing Democrats of slow-rolling the path to communist autocracy? If not, hard to imagine how any of that verbal diarrhea is relevant.

  4. - low level - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:11 pm:

    She appeared somewhere? Honestly thats the first Ive heard of her being anywhere in public since Jan 2015.

    For a while I thought she was being kept in the ultra secret state sf (special facility) bunker as a designated survivor.

  5. - Actual Red - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:12 pm:

    It’s obvious that gun control is the first step towards totalitarian communism! Think of all those poor Brits, Japanese, Austalians, Norwegians, French, Danes, Dutch, and Swedes toiling under oppressive Marxist-Leninist regimes!!!

    Seriously, is this 1955? Are we still doing red-baiting?

  6. - Anonymous - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:14 pm:

    Ah, the ol’ talking point of “we need unfettered access to high powered weapons so we can kill cops and members of the military”

  7. - Jocko - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:16 pm:

    Is she saying that JB is going to be a dictator? Did Evelyn shake his hand and have a vision like Christopher Walken in “The Dead Zone”?

  8. - Whatever - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:21 pm:

    Why do we need a Lt. Governor, and more importantly, why do we need Evelyn? What a waste of taxpayer money to support an office that’s only function is to provide a warm body in the unfortunate case of the Governor’s demise. Clearly, as Evelyn continues to prove, there’s no policy — or even political — relevance to the Lt. Gov., other than to occasionally parrot the Governor’s priorities, that is when the Lt. Gov. is actually allowed to appear and/or talk publicly.

  9. - Steve Rogers - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:24 pm:

    I didn’t realize the bill said that the government is going to take away our guns? Gee, silly me thought it was about a cooling-off period.

  10. - Fidel - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:25 pm:

    Keep squirming, gusano

  11. - slow down - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:26 pm:

    It’s just maddening that we can never have a genuinely honest debate about this issue. Where has Pritzker ever said that he’s coming to take everyone’s guns? Good grief.

  12. - Bobby T - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:28 pm:

    Wait — Sanguinetti is still around?

  13. - Perrid - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:39 pm:

    The slippery slope fallacy is a fallacy. Next(exclamation)

  14. - Amalia - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:40 pm:

    Sanguinetti. Definitely not sanguine.

  15. - 47th Ward - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 2:50 pm:

    ===Seriously, is this 1955? Are we still doing red-baiting?===

    For many Cuban refugees and Cuban Americans, it will always be 1959. Take the cigars and the rum, leave the authoritarian, gun-confiscation nonsense.

    How many Cubans owned guns under Batista? The guns Castro confiscated belonged to the Army and police he defeated, not to the average Cuban citizen, who could barely afford food, much less ammunition.

    The revisionist history makes my head hurt.

  16. - Juvenal - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    Stop the presses, Hannah and Rich.

    Here’s my thought: Evelyn’s recollections of her mother belong on the shelf next to Rauner’s recollections of his grandfather.

    Call it myth, fabrication, political opportunism. It didn’t happen.

    The Hitler/Castro/Stalin took our guns storyline has been pushed by Alex Jones and his followers for years.

    Not only did it not happen in Cuba, the exact opposite happened in Cuba.

    From The Constitution of Cuba, created by the Castro government:

    “When no other recourse is possible, all citizens have the right to struggle through all means, including armed struggle, against anyone who tries to overthrow the political, social and economic order established in this Constitution.”

    Following the overthrow of the Battista government, Castro began almost immediately to form Cuban militias and arm Cuban workers. Those militias first sighted the Bay of Pigs invasion and were first to respond.

    “For every little bomb the imperialists pay for, we arm at least 1,000 militiamen!” - Fidel Castro

    “Every Cuban should know how to shoot, and shoot well”. - Fidel Castro

    Reports should challenge her to back up her claims about Cuba.

    PS There’s about 400,000 privately-owned guns on that little island.

  17. - Practical Politics - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    Just sayin’ — the late, great Minnie Minoso, beloved star of the Chicago White Sox, hated Castro too. Check out his biography for his thoughts on the Cuban Revolution.

    Rauner would have been well advised to limit Evelyn’s campaign appearances. She has said some odd things while on the trail.

  18. - Flapdoodle - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 3:22 pm:

    Agree with slow down @ 2:26 — We must have a reasonable debate on the 2nd Amendment, gun control, gun ownership, gun violence. We can’t go on screaming so loudly at each other that none of us can hear what’s being (or not being) said. I own guns and carry concealed, but am wide open to rigorous background checks, waiting periods, and training requirements. But that makes me a gun nut to one side and a gun snatcher to the other — there’s just no middle ground anymore.

  19. - RNUG - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 3:30 pm:


    Actually, a number of politicans and various groups have … and fairly recently. Google is your friend on that.

    I don’t view it as probable but there are some that do.

  20. - wordslinger - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 3:38 pm:

    –Just sayin’ — the late, great Minnie Minoso, beloved star of the Chicago White Sox, hated Castro too.–

    So did Meyer Lansky. I wonder what he and Minnie would think of Rauner’s AV? That’s supposed to be the issue at hand, I think.

  21. - Claud Peppers - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 3:54 pm:

    This will be the last time we hear from the light gov unless she is reading an approved script.

  22. - Grandson of Man - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 4:33 pm:

    “take away our guns”

    I don’t know much about military weaponry, but I imagine if the government wants to obliterate people, it has the high-tech weapons to do it, and civilian arms can’t stop it. The argument to me, that guns are needed against government, seems much weaker today.

    Plus, why are certain people paranoid of government? Some of the people who are paranoid of government have the least to fear, because they’re Caucasian-Americans. African-Americans and other minorities have more to fear of government. That’s why I don’t buy into the rage that fuels people like Trump. I don’t buy into those phony grievances and think that when the majority at the top economically acts oppressed by those below them, that’s a danger sign.

    Today as everyone knows there was another horrible school shooting, with multiple fatalities.

  23. - Juvenal - Monday, May 21, 18 @ 9:13 am:

    @Grandson of a Man-

    They fear black people taking over the government, that’s why they feel the need to be armed.

    It’s classic white supremicist stuff.

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