A march has been held in Chicago, demanding the US president to come and address the gun violence, plaguing not only the city but also the nation.
The rally was led by civil rights leader Jesse Jackson on Saturday, and the group of 150 people urged President Barack Obama to come to his hometown to discuss about gun violence, which reached a record-high of 506 murders in 2012.
Several participants demanded that Obama should not single out the city “because what you see in Chicago happens in other cities as well."
Jackson said prior to the march that the city of Chicago needed more help than Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy could handle. He proposed that the US Department of Homeland Security could come and patrol the streets.
The city’s gun problem came into national attention again this week when 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who performed at Obama’s inauguration, was allegedly killed by mistake on January 29, while sheltering from rain at a park near the president’s old home.
It is reported by the Chicago police that since the beginning of 2013, the number of murders committed in the city stands at 42 homicides and 157 shootings.
Every year, more than 30,000 people are shot and killed in the US, which averages 87 deaths each day, and another 183 are injured daily, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Centers for Disease Control.