Rauner Seeks To Reinstate Death Penalty For Mass Murderers & Cop Killers

Gov. Bruce Rauner dropped a bombshell Monday, saying he wants to re-instate the death penalty for mass murders and anyone who kills a law enforcement agent.

The proposal is part of his amendatory veto plan for House Bill 1468, which he unveiled Monday and urges lawmakers to extend the 72-hour waiting period for delivery of all gun purchases in Illinois, ban bump stocks and trigger cranks and authorize restraining orders to disarm dangerous individuals.

"It is a comprehensive package. It is the thoughtful package. It is good policy. Every one of these six points will significantly improve the safety of the people of Illinois and each piece is critically important," Rauner said. "Individuals who commit mass murder, individuals who choose to murder a law enforcement officer, they deserve to have their life taken. They deserve that."

The governor said in order to apply the death penalty, the accused would have to be guilty beyond all doubt. The proposal is part of a comprehensive public safety initiative.


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