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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:11 AM

President Obama says Chicago’s violence ‘equivalent of a Newtown every four months’

President Barack Obama came to Chicago Friday to push for solutions to the city’s epidemic of violence, saying the steady flow of murders here is “the equivalent of a Newtown every four months.”

Pushing again for gun legislation while stressing the violence plaguing the nation “is not just a gun issue,” the president paid homage to 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, the North Kenwood girl who has become a symbol of street violence.

http://www.suntimes.com/18256152-761/president-obama-says-chicagos-violence-equivalent-of-a-newtown-every-four-months.html

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Reply President Obama says Chicago’s violence ‘equivalent of a Newtown every four months’ (Original post)
mucifer Feb 2013 OP
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #1
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #2
abbyjoseph Feb 2013 #5
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #8
Skittles Feb 2013 #3
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #6
Cha Feb 2013 #4
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #7
RudynJack Feb 2013 #10
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #11
RudynJack Feb 2013 #12
krispos42 Feb 2013 #9

Response to mucifer (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:12 AM

1. I am glad he is addressing this.

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Response to mucifer (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:19 AM

2. maybe obama should tell his buddy rahm to stop closing schools, forcing kids to travel across

 

gang lines and into unfamiliar neighborhoods.

massive school closings in chicago are one of the reasons for the upswing in violence.

don't expect ed deformers like rahm and obama to mention it, though.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:37 AM

5. Obama says gun violence killing too many children

 

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama says that every four months, his hometown of Chicago suffers the loss of as many children as were killed in the Connecticut elementary school shooting.
Obama says gun violence is taking too many children's lives, not just in mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 kids. He says 65 children were killed by guns in Chicago last year.
He pushed stricter gun control Friday in a visit to Chicago, ncluding background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
But he said guns are not solely to blame for the violence. He also pointed to communities with too few fathers involved in children's lives and too few examples of success. He says he wishes he had a father around growing up.

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-says-gun-violence-killing-too-many-children-221524999--politics.html

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Response to abbyjoseph (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:37 PM

8. Chicago School Closings: Panel, Wary Of Gang Violence, Urges Keeping High Schools Open

 

A commission charged with helping the Chicago public school system decide which schools to close recommended on Thursday that no high schools be closed to avoid making students cross gang boundaries to get to a new school.

Parents and school activists have complained that closing neighborhood high schools would endanger students because of gang violence. Chicago recorded 506 murders due to gang violence in 2012, up 17 percent from 2011..

"Closing high schools highly correlates to drop out rates and spikes of violence," Lewis told Reuters. "Hopefully they learned their lesson about that."

The union said 88 percent of students affected by Chicago school closings or other actions in the past decade were African-American and most closed schools were in poor areas.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/11/chicago-school-closings-violence_n_2452293.html

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Response to mucifer (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:45 AM

3. no one cares because those children are mostly brown and mostly poor

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Response to Skittles (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:41 AM

6. you are so right

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Response to mucifer (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:19 AM

4. K&R.. thanks mucifer

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Response to mucifer (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:21 AM

7. And how many "Newtowns" is one drone strike?

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:55 PM

10. Yes

the purpose of drone strikes is to kill innocent school-children. The two subjects are exactly similar.

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Response to RudynJack (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:46 PM

11. The results are. It is the grieving that is not.

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #11)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:53 PM

12. Sometimes I wish

I lived in a black & white world. It'd be so much easier... thinking is hard.

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Response to mucifer (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:46 PM

9. Chicago is 100 times as populous as Newtown

So, that has to be taken into account.

And again, the "violence plaguing the nation" thing really doesn't stand up. We're steadily getting less violent, but nobody seems to want to say this. Nobody.









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