CHICAGO (TOC) — With the nation reeling from a sequence of mass shootings, and gun violence touching each nook of Chicago, a whole lot gathered Friday evening to demand change.
Within the streets of Auburn Gresham, there was a message of peace from group members decided to stroll the stroll.
“Dad and mom and guardians should take authority over our houses and our blocks and guarantee that we all know the place our kids are and who’re youngsters are with,” stated Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church.
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The occasion started on the steps of St. Sabina with tune and spirit and a grinding dedication that change begins now.
“Pricey God, when will we preach, Black of us, that we should cease turning the weapons on one another? When will that occur?” stated Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Tre Bosley with Courageous Youth Leaders of St. Sabina additionally spoke.
“Financial funding and growth are nothing greater than phrases we hear round election time from candidates who know rattling nicely they are not making an attempt to assist us like we see from our metropolis officers this month,” Bosley stated.
Among the many audio system was the Bulls’ Ayo Dosunmu, a Chicago native who misplaced a finest pal to gun violence.
“I do know I am sick and uninterested in this sense and this disappointment. I am positive you might be, too. We have now to proceed to do the work. We have now to proceed to remain collectively and get higher as a group,” Dosunmu stated.
This occasion was the primary of a number of summer time Friday peace walks. It got here as homicides 12 months so far are down 10% from the identical interval final 12 months. Shootings are down 18%.
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However the metropolis stays awash in weapons. The variety of assault-style weapons recovered by the Chicago Police Division is greater than 80% from final 12 months.
“We should go gun laws on this metropolis and on this nation,” Pfleger stated.
A gun buyback hosted by St. Sabina final weekend yielded greater than 400 weapons. Pfleger stated comparable occasions are deliberate for the approaching weeks.
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