Chicago families shaken by gun violence mark Mother’s Day in the streets

By Stephen C. Webster
Sunday, May 12, 2013 18:16 EDT
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A woman mourns her child, lost to gun violence, during a Mother's Day march for gun control in Chicago. Photo: Screenshot via The Chicago Tribune.
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A large group of mothers who’ve lost children to gun violence took to Chicago’s streets on Mother’s Day to create a public spectacle of their pain in hopes that policy-makers will take matters of gun control more seriously.

“If you lose your child, you never feel like doing anything [for Mother’s Day],” Clara Allen, who’s son was killed in 2007, told The Chicago Sun Times.

About 50 participated in the march, including 20 mothers and members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which advocates for banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, implementing background checks for all gun buyers and letting the government track large ammunition sales.

Mother’s Day kicked off a whole week of anti-gun activism for the group, which aims to have its members calling, writing and emailing members of Congress and spreading the word to other moms. Activists participated in at least 26 different marches around the country on Saturday and Sunday.

This video is from The Chicago Tribune, published Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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