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.