CHICAGO — People took to the streets across the country today to take part in what organizers called a National Day of Action to stop gun violence.
Supporters say gun violence constitutes a public health crisis in the U.S. Every day in America, 297 people are shot and 89 people are killed by guns. In Chicago, someone is shot every 2.8 hours.
Community leaders, activists and politicians gathered in Chicago’s Federal Plaza to call for what they say are “common sense solutions” to gun violence.
Among them are empowering the CDC to study gun violence, closing the “gun show loophole,” and keeping guns out of the hands of people on the Terror Watchlist.