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Rising Tide Of Violence Leads To Call For Ban On Assault Weapons

DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit Pastor Marvin Winans, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Congressman John Conyers and a number of other community leaders are asking people to come together as they call to revive a ban on assault weapons during a press conference on Sunday.

President of Rainbow Push Detroit, D. Alexander Bullock, says there's a rising tide of violence across the nation and people are losing their faith in law enforcement.

"We must restrict people's access to assault weapons, if folks were addicted to drugs we would restrict their access to drugs ... addicted to children, pedophiles, we'd restrict their access to children, when people are addicted to violence, we must restrict their access to assault weapons," said Bullock.

Bullock says they must restrict people's access to assault rifles calling it a recipe for disaster when folks can arm themselves with the high-powered weapons.

"CCW applications are up in the city of Detroit and in the county of Wayne. In the state of Michigan the people are arming themselves and I think the connection is we are heading towards a dangerous collision when folks are arming themselves and lose faith in law enforcement," said Bullock.

The push is in response to the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater during a midnight showing of the "Dark Knight Rises."

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