CHICAGO (CBS) — A group of 600 Chicagoans is headed to Washington, D.C., to demand Congress pass tougher gun safety laws.
A dozen buses full of students, parents and city leaders pulled out of St. Sabina Church around 8 p.m. Tuesday.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Cool Weather Continues; Frost Advisory South Of Chicago
“Anything I can do to be a part to help to end gun violence in Chicago, I want to be a part of it,” concerned parent Brenda Daniels said.READ MORE: Churches, Community Groups Hold Mother's Day Ceremony For Justice For Black And Brown People Killed By Police
The group will join Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups from all over the nation on Wednesday afternoon at a rally on the west lawn of the United States Capitol.
“I don’t want to be in a position of many other parents who lost their children,” concerned parent Gary Lewis said.MORE NEWS: Man Shot, Critically Wounded In Gompers Park On Northwest Side
The U.S. House of Representatives passed two gun-related bills in February – including universal background check legislation – which have yet to be taken up in the U.S. Senate. Both bills were blocked by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said he won’t bring them up for a vote unless President Trump says he’ll sign them.