Governor Quinn speaks out on Chicago violence

By WEEK Producer

September 22, 2013 Updated Sep 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn emphasized community and teamwork Sunday in the wake of the shootings that took place on Thursday and Friday in Chicago.

The shootings, which left three dead and 23 wounded, are part of what some are calling an escalation of violence in the city of Chicago.

Quinn also cited bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as important factors in the fight against violence and "gang-bangers" across the country.

"I really honor our police officers, who every day take their lives in their hands to protect us," Quinn said. "We've got to work as a community with our law enforcement to apprehend the perpetrators of the violence, to take those weapons away from them, those assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, these are not the kind of things that we want to have on our streets."

Governor Quinn said state officials are working closely with law enforcement authorities in other states.

He said he has not had discussions about outside agencies supplementing Chicago police, though he said he would open to talking about it.

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