Chicago, IL (Friday, February 1, 2013) — Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and
Rainbow PUSH Coalition call for immediate Federal Intervention and Homeland
Security in Chicago as January homicide totals exceeded 45. This morning, in Chicago,
a woman’s van was riddled with bullets as she was executed on a major highway. Two
days ago, a 15-year-old Dr. Martin Luther King College Prep honor student, who had
recently performed as a majorette at the President’s inaugural ceremony, was killed
after trying to seek shelter from the rain less than a mile away from the President’s
home. Another student was shot but survived. The gunman is still at large. Days before
these tragedies, seven people were killed, 6 from gunshots, all in one day; most of
their murders have been unsolved. Reverend Jesse Jackson reaffirms that gun control
reform is critical and the ban on assault weapons paramount.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. states “With each passing shot, the call for gun reform
becomes more critical because of the stinging pain of past tragedies; we must
work diligently to break this cycle of violence to prevent future tragedies”.
Please join Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and Rainbow PUSH Coalition for a Rally and
March in memory of the King College Prep Student and all victims of gun violence
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10am, at Rainbow PUSH Headquarters, 930 East 50th
Street, Chicago Il 60615 as they continue their immediate ban on assault weapons.
What: Rally, March and Press Conference
Who: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr, Rainbow PUSH Coalition Staff,
Ministers, Legislators, School Officials, Concerned Parents,
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Where: Rainbow Coalition Headquarters
930 East 50th Street
Chicago, Il 60615
March will be from Rainbow Push Headquarters to 4458 South
Oakenwald Ave. Chicago IL. (One Block East of Lake Park Ave.
60653-PRESS CONFERENCE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING On Site,
at Park, where victim was gunned down
Time: 10:00am Broadcast,
March, Immediately Following
• 70 to 80 million Americans own guns.
• Homicides pushed past 40 by January 28, 2013 in Chicago and
have already reached a high of 45 in days after.
• Chicago’s body count was 200 more than the U.S. troops killed in
• Chicago witnessed 512 killed in gun violence in 2012; 125 under
the age 18.
• There are 58,000 gun shops in the US. 40% of guns are sold without background
• There are 129,817 federally licensed firearm dealers of which 51,438 are retail gun
stores. That compares with 10,787 Starbucks stores and 143,839 gas stations
across the country.
• 40-45% of households in the U.S. contain a gun. This translates into a loaded gun in
one in every ten households with children, and a gun that’s left unlocked and just
“hidden away” in one in every eight family homes.
• The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, "A well regulated militia,
being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and
bear arms, shall not be infringed."
• As of January, 2011, 39 states have laws permitting individuals with gun licenses to
carry concealed guns in the streets.
• The Federal Gun Free School Zone Act of 1995 states that people with guns cannot
walk within 1,000 feet of any school (kindergarten to 12th grade).
• There are no federal laws that prevent minor access to guns.
• Only nine states have trigger-lock laws, where gun sellers are required to sell
integrated or internal trigger locks with handguns.
• Most guns used in crimes are stolen, either from homes or gun dealers.
• Federal law requires federally licensed dealers to report guns that they know have
been lost or stolen to law enforcement.
Coalition–Keeping Hope Alive
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending
and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The
organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information
about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit http://www.rainbowpush.org or call (773)