Presbyterians Join CROSSwalk Procession For Common-Sense Gun Legislation

Written by Robert A. Hutchins, member at Chicago Lake View Presbyterian Church

Photo by Tim Wolfe

Presbyterians from several of our churches joined over a thousand others from other denominations, faiths, community and social service organizations for the CROSSwalk Second Annual Procession working for safer streets and common-sense gun legislation. In chilling weather, we walked four hopeful miles from St. James Cathedral with prayers, choirs and speakers there, then at Civic Center Plaza and Old St. Patrick Church ending at Stroger Cook County Hospital where so many of our wounded youth are cared for.

Our participation was part of an ongoing Presbytery effort initiated by Fourth, Lake View and Lincoln Park Presbyterian churches in Chicago working together. The effort started with a presentation and Presbytery-wide petition drive following the November 17 Oak Lawn Presbytery Assembly aimed at shaping upcoming legislation in Springfield to provide background checks, limit “straw purchases” and illegal transfers of weapons into our communities and to limit access to large ammunition magazines and military-style weapons.

The next step for those involved will be in Springfield at Noon April 11 for the Advocacy Day rally and visits with our Illinois representatives and senators organized by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. Interested folks can find more at www.ichv.org about participation and transportation to Advocacy Day.

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