06/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Rev. Pfleger Raises Flag Upside Down To Protest Gun Violence (VIDEO)

A South Side priest known for his outspoken activism flew the U.S. flag upside down outside his church Tuesday night to urge lawmakers to pass stricter gun control laws, NBC Chicago reports.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger of Saint Sabina's Church told parishioners that too little is being done to stop gun violence. The crowd sang a praise hymn as the inverted flag was hoisted up the pole. Flying the flag upside down is done to signal extreme danger, which Pfleger said is appropriate given the high levels of Chicago gun violence.