Jesse Jackson Asks Obama to Visit Chicago

Amid rising gun violence, the civil rights leader has called on the POTUS.

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As the gun violence in Chicago continues, Rev. Jesse Jackson called on President Obama to return to the Windy City and help tackle their crippling violence, according to the Associated Press.

At a press conference Saturday, Jackson said Chicago is in the midst of a crisis unlike any other city and that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the police department can't handle it on their own.

He says a visit by Obama to the area where the president once worked as a community organizer would show "ultimate national seriousness."

The civil rights leader spoke prior to a march in memory of gun violence victims. He supports an assault weapons ban and a federal crackdown on gun and drug trafficking.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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