LAKE BARRINGTON, Ill., June 15 (UPI) -- An Illinois gun manufacturer has wound up in the Rev. Jesse Jackson's legal crosshairs for making automatic weapons Jackson said are killing inner-city youths.
The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that Jackson held a protest at D.S. Arms Inc., where Jackson said assault weapons were turning Chicago into a war zone.
"It does not stand to reason that we'll fight a war to end weapons of mass destruction from flowing in Iraq and increase the flow of weapons at home," he said.
A spokesman for the company, based in Lake Barrington, Ill., D.S. Arms is not to blame for street violence.
"We're a very convenient target, even though we don't manufacture any of the type of weapon systems that are used by the gangbangers in the city of Chicago," said attorney Michael Danforth.
Protesters said the company has to go.
"This is a cancer, and it's got to be removed," said Stephen Young of Evanston, a spokesman for the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, whose son was shot to death 12 years ago. "We don't need these weapons; things have got to change."