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

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.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore Reports

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.

  • George

    Idiot, guns don’t kill people. They don’t have a brain, they’re not alive. Same as a hammer, a knife, or any other tool.

  • ChicagoCitizen

    If you had your say, what specificly would you suggest? You don’t like Daley, you don’t like Rahm, I don’t think you would support anyone.

  • Skorps

    Instead of rallying against violence perpetrated by CRIMINALS, its always about guns, guns, guns, even though good, regular people also own guns, and some of those people want to have the means, guaranteed as a civil right, to defend themselves against said criminals.

  • ST. Casmir

    I still have to say with my experience of years ago,you have a crooked political Irish hack defending a troublemaker sorry ,but thats my opinion.

  • Stash

    I wouldn’t support your ask either.

  • Chivi

    Shut up Daley!!! You are part of the problem. It’s been around longer than you have so obviously you didn’t do anything about it before and now you don’t have any time. Just shut up!!!!

  • Chivi

    ChicagoCitizen, I have a coupon from Lense Crafter or For Eyes that you can use. Rahm is not mentioned in my comment. Like I said “Daley should just shut up” and he can take whoever else supports corruption with him.

  • Jim

    GO AWAY DALEY. You are done. Your anti-gun rhetoric has been proven by ACTUAL EXPERIENCE in almost every state of the union except Illinois to be completely without merit. Illinois is AGAIN years behind the curve in recognizing that the Second amendment is a RIGHT, like voting. It is not a privilege. Dr. King was not killed by a law abiding gun owner.

  • The Truth

    90% of those doing the (illegal) shooting and 80% of the “victims” have criminal records!! The law-abiding, taxpaying citizens who use guns as tools of self-defense or sport are NOT the problem! So, yes, Mr. Daley, lawmakers should be listening to gun rights activists. Pandering to the lowest common denomination, even while praising many as “honor students” is out, common sense is in! Join and support ISRA now!

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