Group of South Shore mothers gathers to curb violence

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A gun buyback program was held on Saturday. (WLS)

Chicago has had more than 1,000 shootings and least 166 murders so far in 2016, the most recent of which was a shooting at a West Town bar Friday night.

On Saturday, a gathering of mothers in the South Shore neighborhood was one of three citywide efforts to curb violence in the city.

The Mothers Against Senseless Killings group camped out at the corner of East 70th Street and South Clyde Avenue, holding a BBQ and other fun in an effort to prevent neighborhood violence.

They also held signs that said, "Honk if you hate gun violence." The group plans to take over other corners every weekend until the violence stops.

A gun buyback event was held at St. Sabina Catholic Church. A line had formed before the doors opened. One woman who has children turned in her grandfather's old .22-caliber pistol.

"Get guns off the street and get them out of the house," said Fr. Michael Pfleger, of St. Sabina.

The event is part of an ongoing effort to get guns off the street.

"Everybody is tired of the violence and everybody is looking for a way to do their part," said Deputy Chief Eric Washington, of the Chicago Police Department.

Those who turned in a firearm received a $100 Visa gift card, a little less for a BB gun or replications - all with no questions asked.

Although critics are skeptical, including gun owner Michael Manning who said he doesn't believe the program will really change anything. However, he'll take the money for an old musket he turned in.

"this is an exercise in making people feel like they are doing something, but the reality is that this is not helping in any way," Manning said.

Also on Saturday, CPD officers from the 15th District held a roll call with special needs youth to help build a positive relationship with the city's special needs community.

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