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…
* 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 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…
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.