March Fourth, Chicago area group formed in wake of Highland Park 4th of July shooting, heads back to Washington, D.C. to protest

WASHINGTON (WLS) — A massive march in the nation’s capital on Thursday was organized by March 4, a local group formed after the July 4 shootings in Highland Park.

The march brought together those from the Chicago area and across the country and more than a dozen other communities with a single goal of banning assault weapons.

They are people from all walks of life, many of them parents, who are bound together by similar tragic circumstances – gun violence.

“As a mother, the fact that I can’t keep my kids safe is something I can’t live with,” said Ivy Domont, outreach coordinator at March Fourth. “Communities of Columbine, Buffalo, Parkland, Sandy Hook, Vegas, Orlando, Dayton, Ohio, Oxford, Michigan. The list goes on.”

Domont was born and raised in Highland Park and survived the July 4 shootings.

She now has amazing conversations with her children.

“I never imagined my 2.5-year-old daughter would say she had ever survived a mass shooting,” she said.

Thursday’s march will bring together passionate groups of people from Chicagoland and more than a dozen other communities affected by gun violence across the country with a common goal of banning assault rifles.

“We now know that gun-related injuries are the leading cause of death in this country,” said Dr. Sheena McKenzie, Medical Outreach with March Fourth.

Dr McKenzie, a pediatrician, said it’s a problem that needs to be addressed with tough legislation.

“We call it more than an epidemic, we call it a public health crisis,” McKenzie said.

This isn’t the first time March 4 has pushed for an assault weapons ban in the nation’s capital.

They were there in July too.

“It’s preventable,” McKenzie said. “We know an assault weapons ban works when it was made from 1994 to 2004.”

“Let’s start over and protect our children from death,” Domont added.

March 4 recently released a provocative public service announcement, promoting the March on Washington.

As Domont and McKenzie raise their voices, they believe senseless murders can be prevented.

“This is what a majority of Americans want, and our voices will be louder and will be heard,” Domont said.

A ban of this nature was passed by the United States House of Representatives in late July, and now this deeply motivated group is urging the Senate to do the same.

“We are the voters,” Domont said. “We are the reason these people are in power and they will hear this list will not end, the mass shootings will not end until they rise up and are on the right side of history .”

They shared this message with the next generation, including their own children:

“Mom is going to Washington to talk to these politicians to make sure and demand that you are safe and everyone around us is safe.”

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The bill would make it illegal for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer or possess a semi-automatic weapon. One of the organizers said there was no reason ordinary people needed weapons like these.

“This is a simple call to action to ban assault weapons at the federal level. These weapons of war do not have to be in civilian hands. We would like there to be the end of the list of mass shootings and that guns be banned once and for all at the federal level,” said Aubrey McCarthy.

Sixty senators are needed to vote in favor of the bill for it to pass.

The bill passed the House with tight margins, with 217 votes in favor and 213 votes against.

President Joe Biden also praised House Democrats for passing the measure and is urging the Senate to do the same.

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