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Rush To Launch National Effort To Develop A 'Can Do' Resolve To Address The Plague Of Gun Violence

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Location: Washington, DC

This Friday, at a rooftop gathering in Washington, D.C., eight-term U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush is joining with ROOT, Inc., a non-profit activist organization, to launch a nationwide organizing campaign to provide federal resources to strengthen local community efforts to stem the unprecedented wave of gun-related violence that continues to plague our country. The event, to be held on the Rooftop of The Ellington in the nation's capital, will assemble local and national business and community leaders to support Rush's effort to enact the "Communities in Action Neighborhood Defense and Opportunity Act" (CAN DO), a grassroots-inspired piece of legislation that will provide law enforcement and intervention resources in a manner designed to reduce the killing. Rush's CBC colleague, the Honorable Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton, will be a special guest speaker.

"Today, through our collective sense of community — whether in urban enclaves like the one I represent on the South Side of Chicago or in quiet, rural, towns like Weleetka, Oklahoma where two young girls were recently killed by a random assailant — too many Americans are dying at the hands of a perpetrator armed with a gun," said Rush.

"The gun death toll in America exceeds that of what's occurring in Iraq. An average of 45 people die each and every day, in our country, from a firearm—irregardless of race, class or culture. I believe that a nation as prosperous as ours must do better. That's what the CAN DO bill is all about," Rush added.

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