Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) launched a campaign this week to combat gun violence where it’s most concentrated: in the nation’s cities.

Gathered in Chicago on Friday, the lawmakers hosted an emergency summit to examine strategies for reining in urban shootings, with an eye well beyond the gun control measures that have lost all steam on Capitol Hill.

The Democrats are hoping to bring attention to an issue they say has reached epidemic levels, even as it goes largely ignored by the national media and a sharply divided Congress.