Naperville Central grad organizes downtown gun violence protest

A recent graduate of Naperville Central High School held a protest against gun violence in downtown Naperville on Saturday.

Anusha Kumar gathered about 50 protesters, including a number of elected officials, near the World War II memorial in downtown Washington Street, said Will County Board Democrat Michelle “Mimi” Cowan.

The crowd chanted “enough,” “no more guns” and “end the violence now,” as several cars passed and honked their horns in support, Cowan said.

Elected officials, including state senators, state representatives, Naperville city councilors and Democratic U.S. Representative Bill Foster, according to Cowan.

Some of them have raised the possibility of banning assault weapons sales in Naperville, Cowan said, while acknowledging that without federal intervention, firearms can cross state lines.

The protest comes four days after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed by a gunman.

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