NewsNation | February 15, 2013
>>> in about an hour the president is expected to speak at a chicago high school and call for stricter gun control laws. as we've mentioned, thousands of families in chicago have been affected by violence, including the family of nancy bishop lankert. nancy was pregnant at the time the killer was 16, is now serving a life sentence . he had a history of mental illness . since he was too young to get a gun, officials say he stole the weapon used in the shooting. since the murder, nancy 's sister, jennifer , has been a staunch gun control advocate. she was among hundreds in washington this week urging congress to pass stricter gun control laws. thank you so much for joining us. we're so absolutely sorry for the loss of your sister and your brother-in-law and of course their baby. what do you want to hear from the president today, jennifer ?
>> i want to hear him keep saying the this evenings hengs he's been saying about the importance of universal background checks , banning assault weapons. there is so much we can do to end this needless, staggering blad sh bloodshed in this country. right now it's like going to the airport and being offered a choice of going through the security line and getting searched or you can go through that line and not get searched at all and either way get into the airport. it's ridiculous the system we have now. we need these universal background checks and other measures. they are life saving and they don't in any way interfere with people's rights to own guns.
>> you have some who have looked at newtown and say the legislation would not have prevented it because the guns were legally purchased. perhaps a mental health background check but this was in the home. what legislation would be effective in those situations, do you believe?
>> you know, legislation does make a difference. this is a really important thing for people to understand. other countries have guns but don't have the problems that we do, at least no the sheer size that we do. so laws do make a difference. for example, safe storage laws would have saved my sister's life. safe storage laws might have saved the lives of the children in newtown. certainly high capacity ammunition clips, it's unbelievable. i mean, i met the mother of christina taylor green, who was the little girl killed in tucson. she was killed with the 13th bullet. doesn't tell her that a high capacity ammunition clip ban wouldn't have been important. of course it would have been.
>> jennifer , thank you very much. i know many have praised you for keeping the voice and memory of your sister and your brother-in-law alive. thank you.
>> thank you.