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On Anniversary Of King’s Death, Daley Decries Gun Violence

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks to supporters of the “Movement for the Peace” in Paris on March 29, 1966. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) — Mayor Daley said Monday that the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King is a reminder of how far this nation still has to go in dealing with violence in America.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Daley was in the Lawndale Community for the dedication of affordable housing built to honor the memory of King, who lived there for a time in 1966 while fighting for fair housing.

43 years after King’s assassination in Memphis—the mayor told the crowd that gun violence is still prevalent in the United States.


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He says too many children are still being killed, and he criticized politicians who he said are afraid of the powerful gun lobby, representing manufacturers and gun rights advocates. And he criticized an effort to pass a law in Springfield allowing people in Illinois to carry concealed weapons.

The mayor says more people need to stand up and fight, and not just those who have lost loved ones to gunfire.

The Dr. King Legacy Apartments on the West Side were developed with the Lawndale Christian Development Corp. and $6.5 million in loans and tax credits.

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