March 15, 2009 (CHICAGO) --
Dozens of college students are spending their spring break working to combat gun violence in Chicago.Approximately 70 students from Howard and Princeton universities were welcomed at St. Sabina Catholic church Sunday. The students will spend the next few days preparing to join a group of more than 350 people from the church headed to Springfield on Wednesday. They plan to lobby legislators in favor of House Bill 48, which calls for universal background checks for prospective gun buyers.
"Where are the voices when 508 Chicago children are shot in 16 months? I applaud you Howard and Princeton. I applaud you for caring about your brothers and sisters," St. Sabina's Fr. Michael Pfleger said.
Also attending Sunday's service was Chicago entrepreneur and author Chris Gardner, who was portrayed by actor Will Smith in the film The Pursuit of Happyness. Gardner pledged an initial $10,000 to the anti-gun violence effort.