Activists gather to promote peace in Chicago

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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,”

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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.”

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  • Catherine Yoshimura

    Thank you for spreading the word about the positive activists who stood together to honor the victims of massacres such as Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook…and the daily loss within this city.We will be the phoenix rising when we never lose another victim to unconscious acts of gun violence. Lets show the world that we have the moral aptitude to never have to 'cheat' and use guns to settle disputes.

  • kirby1414

    How about concentrating on arresting and confining ALL of the gang banging killers and soon to be killers in Chicago. How many of the shootings and killings were a result of gang action? If gangs were taken out of the numbers, how many shootings and killings would Chicago actually have?
    My thoughts: Nothing is going to change until CHicago gets outside help – – – National Guard, State Police Units, etc. to get the gangs under some kind of control…
    I feel for the people that have lost loved ones – but, it's going to keep happening until Chicago is taken back by the politicians, police and the citizens – because right now -the gangs RUN CHicago~

  • Critical Mass 1

    Well, their hearts are in the right place if nothing else. I am not a member of the NRA (not yet at least) but recently I started carrying a gun into the city when I come for my once a month bike ride. The Mayor, or the Police, cannot be everywhere so I must be responsible for my own safety. Maybe if, instead of protesting at the Daley center, they went where the real crime is – in black areas I would believe that they are sincere about changing things. When we ride, in spite of our numbers (600+ during the summer), very seldom do we venture into "those areas" for both obvious and sensible reasons. I urge people to do the same. Trouble is they now come into our areas. Look what happened on Michigan Ave just two weekends ago. There's no stopping them so that is why, when I or my friends come into the city, we carry protection. I know people don't like it, but then again I don't like broccoli, and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

    • HVK

      I agree. They continue to look and legislate in the wrong direction. I for one, will continue to do what I need to do to protect myself and my family, regardless.

  • Todd Pardee

    If you want to play with the constitution why don’t you play with the part that allows these gang banger thugs to hang out on the street selling dope n ho’s? How is it that I ride down the street and see them, but apparently CPD cannot?