Chicago ‘Mayhem’ Prompts Politician To Call For National Guard

Source: Tracy Connor / NBC News

The onslaught of gun crime in Chicago has spurred members of Congress to convene a  summit on urban violence and prompted a state lawmaker to demand the National Guard be called in to stop the “mayhem.”

“Every single day we wake up in the city of Chicago, some child, some young adult, some African-American male has been murdered,” state Rep. Monique Davis said Thursday. “This is not acceptable.

“I’m hearing from mothers that they are afraid to go outside,” she said. “Hospitals are overburdened with 70 gunshot wounds in one day. Ambulances are so busy people are driving victims in their own cars.”

Davis held a press conference this week to ask Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to call in National  Guard “to protect our children so they can go to the park and swim and play and have a childhood.” She said the governor has not responded.

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