An emotional rally took place at Federal Plaza Saturday night as about 100 activists gathered to promote peace in the city of Chicago.
They lit candles in remembrance of the hundreds of murder victims in the city every year. Many who attended Saturday’s rally have lost loved ones to gun violence– and others are survivors of gun violence.
“Please tell the president to never be afraid of the NRA,”
Chicago native Garrett Evans is one of 17 people who survived the horrific mass shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech in 2007, a bullet is still lodged in his leg. He says rallies like these make a difference.
“Congress needs to understand, we’re not trying to change rights. We’re trying to prevent from getting weapons and getting these guns.”
Chicago Police Officer Kevin Kilmer was among the event’s speakers, he works on keeping illegal guns and narcotics out of the city. There were also several teachers in attendance.
Mona Johnson said “We all need to be a part of ending gun violence, and we need to focus on our children.”