An anti-gun violence protest was held in Chicago on Saturday that blocked parts of the Dan Ryan freeway. It was NOT led by “youth protesters from Parkland” it was led by an activist Catholic Priest named Michael Pfleger, 69, from St. Sabina church. But as with all of these “anti-gun violence” marches and protests, they offer no solutions, but simply demand more laws. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is supporting the protest.
Police blocked off part of the freeway so that traffic could get through, but it will depend on those screaming “Shut it down!” whether there will be any arrests. Tension was rising as we were writing this article.
The vast majority of gun violence in Chicago stems from the gang community, in spite of their tough gun laws. Often innocent people are caught in the crossfire. Why is no one trying to fix THAT problem?
State police block two lanes of traffic for Pfleger’s Dan Ryan protest – Chicago Sun-Times https://t.co/UNCZDzFOzi
— F&F News (@GaryChessman) July 7, 2018
Shame they don’t protest in downtown Chicago. After dark. When all their friends and family are shooting each other
— CVEN87 (@aggieengineer86) July 7, 2018
@DNC brings you #TrafficJams via yet another #Soros sponsored (no doubt) “Rally” or “March” because you obviously protest the horrendous crime rate & black on black violence in Chicago by committing another #Crime pic.twitter.com/Rz8947YVip
— michael calo 🇺🇸 (@out7out) July 7, 2018
Protest against violence taking place on IB Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago. Police and vehicle barrier separates protestors in right lanes north of 79th from moving traffic in 2 left lanes.
Some demonstrators have been chanting “Shut it down.”
— Jennifer Keiper (@JenniferKeiper) July 7, 2018
just passed that damn protest in chicago, shutting down the other half of the express way pic.twitter.com/xU7PUkK4Dn
— Danielle Anderson (@johnnny_danziel) July 7, 2018
I’ve lived all but 20 years in IL. Today I’m embarrassed by Chicago, State Police & cops that allow civil disobedience with no consequence. Invariably there will be ambulance or emergency vehicle that will be held up. Gun Violence? Protest at night where the shootings occur.
— Brian Pierce🇺🇸 (@pierceshow) July 7, 2018
Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws and some of the highest gun crimes. So yes, clearly you should protest for more gun laws?
— Melissa (@ParallelofMel) July 7, 2018
So, Chicago has a March against gun violence and it takes place on a major highway.
Do you really think the bad guys who have the guns care about the protest?
— Go BHawks (@BhawksGo) July 7, 2018
Anti-violence protesters plan to shut down Chicago freeway https://t.co/H6OjDlQV4n I love how you have the courage to protest violence, but shutting down a freeway is short-sighted. What if an ambulance needs to get through?
— Vince DiPietro (@Vinny28409) July 7, 2018
Hadn’t heard about this & had to track it down. Apparently a Chicago priest is leading an anti-violence protest that intends to shut down the Dan Ryan (important city freeway). The mayor, for all his many shortcomings, is supporting it; the police are threatening arrests. https://t.co/9rs81x09aj
— Rochelle Smith (@wordsmith85) July 7, 2018
Protest For Making Chicago Great Again-Be Smart & Strong-A STRONG VOICE AND VOTES FOR CHANGE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE-Safety first to Stop Violence in our Chicago city that has been out of control 🙏👏👏💞🙏@realDonaldTrump @Franklin_Graham @Jentezen @InTouchMin10 @PPTMinistries
— Lyrnn Carter (@lyrnncarter05) July 7, 2018
Why do the cops have to accommodate any protest that closes a major artery for the stated purpose of inconveniencing citizens? Your speech rights do not include endangering the people for some kook commie priest #Chicago
— warroom (@warroom) July 7, 2018
— Marc R. Bennett (@thegoodfello) July 7, 2018
Chicago anti-violence protesters led by priest Michael Pfleger plan to shut down the Dan Ryan expressway tomorrow. Here are 5 things to know ahead of the protest: https://t.co/Hi8i5nbIZO pic.twitter.com/ErSDatkxCb
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) July 6, 2018
If they want to protest violence in Chicago, shouldnt they take the march to the ghetto, where the violence happens? Just a thought. https://t.co/VtseR341XO
— The Retired Beard™ (@_DaleJrBeard_) July 7, 2018
What a terrible idea. That interstate is insane as it is and you decide to have a protest there? At the least you have inconvenienced the good hard working people of Chicago and could cause people to get hurt. What a woefully misguided protest.
— Jeff Cauter (@theseattleblue) July 7, 2018
The shut down is fighting for communities that are given few resources which perpetuates gun violence. Please know that these protesters are risking their lives to save others. That is bold & courageous. Their efforts do not go unnoticed.
Protest on, Chicago. #DanRyanShutDown
— Maggie O’Keefe (@MaggieJOK) July 7, 2018
[Note: “bold and courageous” is not what we call it.]
Why are the folks from parkland coming to protest in Chicago? Genuinely asking
— ℬ (@muva_bri) July 7, 2018
✝ A 69 yr old Roman Catholic Priest and social activist from Chicago is leading a massive protest right now on the Dan Ryan Expressway. Thousands of every race, creed, sex and color are peacefully protesting Against Gun Violence! Bravo Father Michael Louis Pfleger.☮ pic.twitter.com/D5gXHlDZaA
— Deb from IL🌳🏠🚗🌲🏡 (@MyRedBeetle) July 7, 2018
FYI @GuardianUS has reporters on the ground today in Chicago, to cover the highway shutdown protest over gun violence led by youth activists there, and in Los Angeles, where young pro-gun activists are staging “A March for Our Rights.” @M4OROfficial
— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) July 7, 2018
— Black Classical Liberal (@FreeBlackMan) July 7, 2018
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