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Thursday, March 1, 2018
Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Families March to Ban Assault Weapons
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition applauds Illinois lawmakers for passing a set of sensible gun control measures and strongly encourages Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign them without delay.
But age limits and “cooling off” periods are not enough. Military style rifles, extended ammunition clips and other weapons of war must be banned from the stores and streets of America.
None of us is safe – not high school students in Parkland, Florida, not 31-year police department veterans in Chicago – until all of us are safe from the scourge of gun violence.
That is why the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will hold a women’s anti-violence, “Save our Families” march and rally outside of Chuck’s Gun Shop
Saturday, March 3, 2018
12 noon – 1 PM
14310 S. Indiana Avenue
Chuck’s has been a major tributary of the river of guns flooding the streets of Chicago for years. The Rainbow PUSH Coalition urges Chuck’s to immediately stop selling assault style rifles, like the one used in Parkland to slaughter 15 students and two of their teachers on Valentine’s Day.
Every week in Chicago, gun violence reaps an unconscionable, Parkland-like toll. Just eight weeks into 2018, nearly 70 men, women and children have been shot and killed and nearly 300 shot and wounded.
“We are marching to demand desperately needed comprehensive and national gun reform – a stop to the madness,” says Rev. Janette C. Wilson, senior adviser to Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “There must be a ban on military style weapons sold to anyone at any age, whether from a gun shop, a grocery store, a gun show, online, anywhere in the United States. We are trying to protect and preserve the lives of our present and our future. But we’re not just marching about it; we are registering and voting about it.”
As the crucial mid-term elections draw nearer – control of the Congress of the United States in the balance – Rev. Jackson is increasing his voter registration efforts across the country, emphasizing that young people graduate from high school with a diploma in one hand and a voter registration card in the other.
“The student protests and walk outs from Florida to California demanding sensible gun control are an inspiration,” Rev. Jackson says. “Provided they are not gunned downed by a classmate wielding an assault rifle, these young people can redeem the soul of America. But young people marching in mass across the country unregistered are simply a fad, a made-for-TV event. If they register and march to the polls and vote their numbers and their interests, they will be the transformers of our time.”
There are an estimated 350 million guns in America, including eight million AR-15s, the military style assault rifle used in Florida. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, on average 96 people are killed with guns in the United States and over the course of a typical year nearly 13,000 die in gun homicides.
And spring is coming.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justicearound the world.
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