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The Rev. Michael Pfleger, et al.: Chicagoans deserve an office dedicated to ending gun violence – Unashamedmedia

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, et al.: Chicagoans deserve an office dedicated to ending gun violence

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Gun violence is everywhere.

Here in Chicago, shootings happen in every neighborhood.

And leaving the city is no escape, as we learned painfully last week in Highland Park.

Gun violence is a pandemic, just like COVID-19. Just as we addressed that crisis as a community united, we must also bring all our resources together to counter the plague of death by guns.

Let’s be honest: This uniquely American epidemic of gun violence has taken over our lives. During the July Fourth weekend alone, there were 20 mass shootings, which are defined as four or more people shot or killed. And just in Chicago, at least 72 people were shot, 10 of them fatally, over the holiday weekend. And of course, in Highland Park, seven people were gunned down and dozens more wounded while children and grandparents sat in lawn chairs eagerly awaiting the city’s annual July Fourth parade. No one is spared this pandemic.

As Chicago natives, we have seen the devastating effects that gun violence has on Black and brown communities in particular. And as faith leaders from a range of religious backgrounds, we have a moral and religious duty to ensure that none of our congregants — or any person, for that matter — faces those effects again.

 

Gun violence is everywhere.

Here in Chicago, shootings happen in every neighborhood.

And leaving the city is no escape, as we learned painfully last week in Highland Park.

Gun violence is a pandemic, just like COVID-19. Just as we addressed that crisis as a community united, we must also bring all our resources together to counter the plague of death by guns.

Let’s be honest: This uniquely American epidemic of gun violence has taken over our lives. During the July Fourth weekend alone, there were 20 mass shootings, which are defined as four or more people shot or killed. And just in Chicago, at least 72 people were shot, 10 of them fatally, over the holiday weekend. And of course, in Highland Park, seven people were gunned down and dozens more wounded while children and grandparents sat in lawn chairs eagerly awaiting the city’s annual July Fourth parade. No one is spared this pandemic.

As Chicago natives, we have seen the devastating effects that gun violence has on Black and brown communities in particular. And as faith leaders from a range of religious backgrounds, we have a moral and religious duty to ensure that none of our congregants — or any person, for that matter — faces those effects again.

 

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