Rev. Jesse Jackson asks Obama for help with Chicago gun violence

February 2, 2013

The Associated Press

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is calling on President Barack Obama to return to Chicago and approve federal intervention to address the soaring number of deadly shootings.

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.

But Jackson says the area also needs an urban reconstruction program that addresses poverty, education and unemployment.