CHICAGO — Members of Operation PUSH announced Saturday they want President Obama to declare a state of emergency in Chicago as gun violence continues to plague the city.
Reverend Jesse Jackson today called for a White House conference on gun violence in Chicago, urging the president to return home to address the issue.
The president recently visited Roseburg, Ore., after the shooting at a community college there, and Rev. Jackson believes focus should also be put on Chicago.
Since the first of the year, nearly 2,400 people have been shot — more than 350 killed.
On Friday night, three people were shot on the West Side, an area PUSH members call the most violent in Chicago.
Rev. Jackson says he is not pointing fingers at Mayor Emanuel or Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.
If a White House conference were to happen, Jackson says he wants the focus to be on economic empowerment, sensible gun regulation and resources for mental health treatment.