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Rev. Jackson asks inmates to help end gun violence

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has challenged inmates at Cook County Jail to help get guns off the streets.

The Chicago civil rights leader gave his annual Christmas Day sermon on Tuesday.

Jackson says the deadly shooting at a Connecticut school was a tipping point nationally but hundreds are killed in Chicago each year. He supports strict gun control laws, including an assault weapons ban.

Jackson also encouraged inmates to get tested for HIV, register to vote and pray for forgiveness.

He has delivered Christmas Day sermons at jails for years. He says the point is to inspire and invest in inmates so they don't return to jail.

Before taking the stage on Tuesday morning, Jackson greeted and shook hands with inmates.

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