Welcome back to Washington establishment politics, from Washington establishment politicians. Senator Mark Kirk is now sufficiently recovered from his stroke to join Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in sponsoring the Hadiya Pendleton Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013. Aimed at “doing something” about the 500-plus murders in Chicago during 2012, his bill would empower local, state, and federal law enforcement to investigate and prosecute gun traffickers and their criminal networks, including gangs, cartels and organized crime rings.

According to NBC Chicago, the bill will make it a Federal crime to:

  • Sell or otherwise transfer two or more firearms to someone whom the seller knows, or has reasonable cause to know, is prohibited by federal, state or local laws from owning a firearm (e.g. felon, convicted domestic abuser).
  • Purchase or otherwise acquire two or more firearms if the recipient knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, that such receipt would be in violation of any federal, state, or local law (e.g. if the recipient is a prohibited  owner).
  • Provide false information on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives firearms transaction record form (e.g. straw purchasing).
  • Knowingly facilitate the above actions.
  • Exceptions are made for gifts and inheritances, so long as the giver and recipient are not prohibited by federal, state or local law from owning a firearm.

Here’s hoping that this “something” will make a real difference to the next unemployed, drop-out, druggie gang-banger who comes from the poverty of a broken family and shoots an innocent by-stander on the streets of Chicago.

Meanwhile, acording to the Washington Examiner, the Illinois Sheriffs Association has joined a number of other law enforcement organizations in voicing opposition to gun control:

Sheriffs from across the state of Illinois believe that it is their responsibility and duty to uphold the Constitution including the Second Amendment. Rational law abiding citizens are not the cause of random acts of horrific violence in our communities. The focus should be primarily on the lack of mental health services in our country.”