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Rodney Davis and Mary Miller oppose Protecting Our Kids Act

Left: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Right: Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL)

URBANA – On Wednesday, The House passed the Protecting Our Kids Act, which would enact new gun control measures following the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas. It would raise the age required to buy a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21, and it would ban the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of over 10 rounds. 

Republicans Rodney Davis and Mary Miller, two incumbent congress members in a primary race in Illinois’s newly drawn 15th district, voted against the bill. The bill passed in the House, but it’s unclear if the bill will pass in the Senate.

Miller spoke at the Second Amendment Caucus press conference on Wednesday. She blamed the “left” and the lack of Judeo-Cristian values for the current gun violence crisis. She didn’t take any questions from the media.

“We face a mental health crisis in our country because the radical left has spent decades removing God from our school and our society…If you take instinct out of a beehive, you would have chaos, and when you take God out of a society, you have chaos,” Miller said. “And that’s right where we are.”

The caucus was re-established in 2016 by Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie and other conservative and libertarian Republicans.

Davis supported additional school security and funding for the police in a recent press release.

“We don’t need any more laws or restrictions that make it more difficult for law-abiding, gun-owning citizens to exercise their Constitutional rights,” Davis said. “We need to support law enforcement, enforce our laws on the books, get tough on criminals who commit violent crimes, give our schools the resources they need to harden and protect their facilities, and rethink how the federal government administers mental health programs.”

Davis has an A- rating from the NRA, while Miller has an A rating.

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Harrison Malkin

Harrison Malkin is a politics reporter at Illinois Public Media. He's focusing on elections across the state, particularly the 13th and 15th congressional districts and the gubernatorial race. Malkin studied Politics and Communications at Ithaca College, where he was a nightly newscaster and reporter for WICB. From 2020 to 2021, he was a reporting fellow at the Center on Media, Crime, and Justice at John Jay College. You can send a tip, recommendation, or note to hmalkin@illinois.edu.

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