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Received this e-mail today from Senator Dick Durbin's (D. IL) campaign:

My brother, Thomas E. Wortham IV, was murdered in front of our childhood home in Chicago.

After visiting with my parents that night, Tommy left to head home and never made it. He was shot and killed by armed individuals trying to steal his motorcycle.

That night, my life changed in an instant. Our family was devastated and will never be the same.

We have a responsibility to keep guns out of the hands of gang members and criminals. No other family should suffer this kind of tragedy.

Senator Dick Durbin knows this. That's why he introduced the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act, to keep guns away from those who should not have them. That's why I steadfastly support Senator Durbin, and want to make sure he's re-elected to the U.S. Senate.

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The people who killed my brother ended up with a gun as a result of a gun sales pipeline that stretched from rural Mississippi to Chicago.

Jul 16, 2009 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA - Senator DICK DURBIN listens to Supreme Court Nominee S. Sotomayor on the fourth day of the Senate hearing to confirm her nomination. (Credit Image: © James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
It is exactly this kind of gun trafficking ring that Senator Durbin's legislation would go after.

It's too late to save my brother's life, but it's not too late to save the lives of countless other Americans made vulnerable to gun violence as a result of straw-purchased guns.

We need to keep good people like Dick Durbin in the Senate, fighting for all of our families. Senator Durbin is standing up and speaking out for us, for gun reform, for jobs, for our environment, for our schools, and for our future.

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Only a few days before he died, my brother gave an interview to the Chicago Tribune about recent shootings in our neighborhood. He said, "We're going to fix it, so it doesn't happen again."

Senator Durbin is working tirelessly to fix it. He even invited me to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, to share my story and appeal to his colleagues to help us end gun violence. I will continue to stand with him to make sure he can continue to fight for this issue, and so many more, in the Senate.

I'd love to hear about your story too.

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I am so grateful that Senator Dick Durbin is fighting for my family and for the memory of my brother.

Now let's keep him fighting for all Illinois families by keeping him in the Senate for another six years.


Sandra J. Wortham
Chicago, Illinois

You can click here to state why you support Durbin's re-election campaign:

Originally posted to pdc on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA), Shut Down the NRA, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Land of Lincoln Kos, Black Kos community, and Chicago Kossacks.

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