Illinois Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives will join a "national day of action” Wednesday in Chicago to demonstrate for gun control.
"Every day in America, 297 people are shot and 89 people are killed by guns,” U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly said in a release. "In Chicago, someone is shot every 2.8 hours. Mass shootings from Sandy Hook to Colorado Springs, from San Bernardino to Orlando and the daily violence all contribute to the need for action – to stop the violence, to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, and to disarm hate."
Kelly will be joined by Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Danny Davis, Bill Foster, and Mike Quigley at the demonstration, which is slated to take place at Federal Plaza downtown.
Everyone in the group participated in last week’s 26-hour sit-in on the House floor, demanding a vote on gun control legislation.
Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, of New York, and Rev. Michael Pfleger will also be attending Wednesday's event.
The renewed push for gun control legislation comes in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando earlier this month.
A gunman opened fire early Sunday morning at Pulse Orlando, a popular gay dance club, killing 49 people and leaving 53 more wounded, police said. The shooting is being called the worst mass shooting in the country’s modern history.
Additionally, Chicago is facing a particularly violent year. This past weekend alone saw more than 50 people shot, 7 fatally.