As part of The Children’s Defense Fund’s “Protect Children, Not Guns” campaign, some Chicago children are writing letters to President Obama asking him to save their lives from gun violence.
The program is being sponsored by the Trinity United Church of Christ–the church in which Obama sat listening to Jeremiah Wright and others for 20 years.
CBS Chicago printed an example from the letters in which a 10-year old wrote: “When I go to sleep at night, I’m afraid, because I have fear of dying from all this gun violence and stuff, and I’m afraid that someone could come in and make sure I don’t wake up in the morning.”
A different excerpt from the same letter said, “I live in Chicago, Illinois, and I want to live.”
Despite strict gun control laws, Chicago is one of the deadliest cities in America for children. The Children’s Defense Fund’s campaign is designed to pressure politicians into supporting even further restrictive gun laws.
The letters will be mailed to President Obama, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on Friday.
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