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Quigley Leads Gun Violence Prevention Roundtable at DePaul University

Feb 21, 2014
Press Release

CHICAGO – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) hosted a roundtable discussion at DePaul University highlighting the plague of gun violence in Chicago. The discussion centered on the book How Long Will I Cry? Voice of Youth Violence, a compilation of interviews by DePaul students with individuals whose lives have been changed by gun violence.

“We have to be able to talk openly about gun violence and ensure we provide the community with the support and resources necessary to cope with the devastating losses they’ve faced,” said Rep. Quigley. “I want to thank the dedicated students at DePaul and our gun violence prevention advocates for providing their eye-opening and personal accounts of the overwhelming toll gun violence has brought upon Chicago families.”

Rep. Quigley listens to stories from Chicagoans affected by gun violence during a roundtable at DePaul University.

"People are wrestling with the problem of youth violence all over the country," says the book’s editor, Miles Harvey, a journalist and assistant professor of English at DePaul. "We have to start listening to people whose lives are affected by the bloodshed on a day-to-day basis. My student collaborators and I are honored and encouraged by Rep. Quigley’s belief that these stories matter.”

Rep. Quigley has called on Congress to stand up to the gun lobby in America and believes Chicago’s gun violence demands a federal response. His signature legislation, the TRACE Act, cracks down on the illegal gun market by improving gun tracking data and provides law enforcement the tools it needs to enforce current gun laws. Rep. Quigley is also an original sponsor of the Buyback our Safety Act to bolster gun buyback initiatives.

In 2011 and 2012, when more than 900 people were murdered on the streets of Chicago, creative-writing students from DePaul University fanned out all over the city to interview people touched by the bloodshed. How Long Will I Cry? Voice of Youth Violence is told by real people in their own words, and the stories inside are at turns harrowing, heartbreaking and full of hope.