The article discusses a caravan of religious people from Chicago who assembled in Washington to protests against gun violence (Fountain 33). Among the protesting group are parents whose daughters and sons succumbed premature deaths due to gun violence. On 25 September 2019, the caravan marched on the streets of Washington, wearing black T-shirts emblazoned with “#EndGunViolence” tag and holding the portraits of the departed souls (Fountain 33). St. Sabina community led by Rev. Pfleger demanded the Congress to do its job and ensure the residents of Chicago and other American cities are free from gunfire and related crimes (Fountain 33). They claim that legislators should enact strict gun laws to protect citizens from gun violence. The protesters use a nonviolent, faith-based approach to raise the alarm about the oversaturation of guns and assault weapons in society. They hope the government will listen to their plea and control reduce the number of firearms with civilians to restore security.
There have been increased rates of crime and violence linked to ownership of guns by civilians. Gun violence instills fear on the citizens and leads to the loss of innocent lives. The protesters have the right to present their grievances and demand protection from the government. Everybody should support the fight against weapons to promote peace in the community. The administration should adopt strict regulations to reduce the number of illegal arms in society and prosecute the perpetrators. Red flag laws and universal background checks can help to reduce the misuse of weapons. Congress should promote a culture of safety to restrict access to firearms by youths and persons who are susceptible to causing harm to themselves or others. Parents should teach their children morals and advise them not to play violent video games.
Fountain, John, W. “A Symbol of Faith, Hope, and Clarity.” Chicago Sun Times, 26 October 2019, p. 33.