Baltimore Sun: ‘This plaza should be full’: Cummings, activists rally for gun safety in light of mass shootings, high homicide rate

In the wake of high-profile mass shootings, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, other local politicians and dozens of activists — many of whom lost loved ones to gun violence — rallied in Baltimore Saturday for gun safety.

At the Baltimore rally and march, activists from across Maryland donned bright red shirts and carried posters that read “disarm hate” and “enough is enough.”

“This plaza should be full,” Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, said to the crowd of more than 100 that dotted the lawn of the War Memorial Plaza in front of Baltimore City Hall.

Cummings said Saturday’s event was very personal for him, as his own nephew was fatally shot in 2011 while completing his junior year at Old Dominion University. The congressman shared in graphic detail how he visited the crime scene to survey what was left behind.

“We have had too many murders in our country,” Cummings said.