RIVERDALE, Sick. (TOC) — As soon as once more, members of the religion group took goal at Chuck’s Gun Store in south suburban Riverdale, hoping to deliver consideration to gun violence whereas calling for stricter gun legal guidelines.
“We’re making it plain that what occurs behind these doorways doesn’t keep behind these doorways. It has an affect throughout our metropolis,” mentioned Rev. David Swanson with New Group Covenant Church.
Joined by their supporters, the pastors and ministers from the Chicago space held their “Die-In” on the sidewalk in entrance of the gun vendor, which they mentioned continues to be one of many fundamental sources of weapons utilized in crimes within the metropolis.
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“Two in 5 weapons from police crimes got here from this retailer,” mentioned Rev. Ira Acree with Larger St. John Bible Church, “40% of the weapons picked up come from Chuck’s.”
The homeowners of Chuck’s and their staff declined to remark.
The roughly hour-long protest comes because the U.S. Senate advances main bi-partisan gun management laws, which is supposed to toughen federal gun legal guidelines.
“These senators in Washington parade faux righteousness,” mentioned Father Michael Pfleger with St. Sabina Catholic Church. “They speak about respect for all times. They speak about preventing in opposition to abortion within the womb, however they do not care about abortion as soon as they’re born.”
Though circuitously touched by gun violence, virtually all taking part within the protest hope their effort will save lives.
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“Generally it is exhausting as a result of I need some change, even when it is small, I need one thing,” mentioned protester Ami Plummer.
“We see the overlap in so many various methods as the way it’s affecting our group and the Chicago group as effectively,” added fellow protester Scot Gillam.
Chucks remained closed in the course of the protest. A small victory for the activists who mentioned they’re dedicated to vary.
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