Chicago Mayor Responds To Holiday Violence: 'Unacceptable'

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After a long holiday weekend, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel returned to a pressing issue: gun violence.

But the reports are conflicting. 

Some media outlets confirmed that over 50 were shot and 11 dead; others indicate numbers of shooting victims to be over 80. 

On a muggy Monday afternoon, community leaders and residents of the city's Roseland neighborhood came to Kids Off The Block-- a center operated by activist Diane Latiker-- for a vigil and press conference. 

At the press conference, the mayor called the violence "unacceptable" and pushed for more community involvement to supplement the efforts given by Chicago police. 

Earlier in the day, Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy blamed lax gun laws. 

For activists like Jedidiah Brown, there is one question which remains unanswered: "Where is the leadership from so-called leaders?" 

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