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Lack of public support has caused the promoters of a Chicago performance intended to benefit the Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund to cancel the event, Chicago Musicians Care announced Wednesday on the group’s Facebook page.

“It is with great sadness that we have to cancel the Chicago Musicians Care Performance & Benefit event that was to take place on Sunday, December 8th, due to low ticket sales,” the announcement informed supporters. “If you purchased tickets, you will be refunded.

“We'd like to remind you that you can download the song we recorded as a gift to Sandy Hook [on iTunes],” the announcement continued. “Proceeds benefit the Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund.”

That fund was established by the State of Connecticut General Assembly to “provid[e] financial support to certain volunteer and professional workers who, as a result of work performed during or in response to the mass-shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, have suffered from or continue to suffer from mental health issues. Qualified individuals may include teachers and staff employed at Sandy Hook Elementary School at the time of the tragedy, as well as police officers, firefighters, medical examining staff, and other emergency and public safety personnel who responded to the shooting.”

“This rendition of Hallelujah is a gift from Chicago Musicians Care and the Chicago Children's Choir to the people of Sandy Hook, 20 beautiful children, and the six brave women who sacrificed their lives protecting them,” the group further explained in its YouTube posting of the song.

“Never forget,” they advise. “Never again.”

While the song project did not specifically address the issue of private ownership of guns, believing that commitment can be fulfilled while schools remain so-called “Gun-Free Zones” is merely an exercise in wishful thinking. As “progressives” demanding victim pool expansion prepare to exploit the anniversary of the killings with a national blood dance extravaganza (after cowing some gun rights advocates into ceding that date to them), the cancellation of the benefit concert is instructive.

One would think that in a city that is over 76 percent Democrat, that has 30,000 members in its teachers union and almost 13,000 employees in its police department, there would be no problem packing a full-blown concert hall, let alone a limited venue like Untitled, where the canceled event had been scheduled to take place. It would appear a commitment to genuine grassroots activism rallying around Sandy Hook may not be as widespread as certain special political interests -- with a dutiful media parroting scripted talking points -- represent it to be.

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