CHICAGO (CBS) — A minister from south suburban Robbins and a member of his congregation prayed outside Mayor Emanuel’s office at noon today, asking for divine – and political – intervention to stop violence.

Pastor Anthony Williams is co-chairman of Clergy and Laity Against Violence in the Chicagoland Community.

He says if political leaders can ban smoking, they can ban violence.

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Williams wants a crackdown on the sale of illegal handguns.

“Many of our young people in the city of Chicago and around the Chicagoland community know where to get guns from,” Williams said. “We want a crackdown on the illegal sale of handguns that are killing our children in the streets of Chicago and elsewhere.”

Williams also wants more job training programs for young people.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Emanuel says the mayor will take a look at the minister’s demands and she says Emanuel has just announced the addition of more police officers to the streets.

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