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Teenager...Latest Victim of Chicago Gun Violence

11:46 am - 01/30/2013
Teenager Who Performed At Obama’s Inauguration Ceremony Is The Latest Victim Of Chicago Gun Violence
By Adam Peck on Jan 30, 2013 at 10:20 am

Less than two weeks ago, Hadiya Pendleton was leading her classmates in the King College Prep School Marching Band down Pennsylvania Avenue on the afternoon of President Obama’s second inauguration. It would be an opportunity of a lifetime for any 15 year old, but for Pendleton, it was her last. On Tuesday, she was gunned down in a park a few blocks from school on the South Side of Chicago, less than a mile from the first family’s home.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Pendleton and another classmate, a 16 year old boy, were both caught in the middle of a gang war. The boy was still in serious condition on Tuesday evening, but Pendleton did not survive:

Friends of the slain girl said King was dismissed early today because of exams, and students went to the park on Oakenwald–something they don’t usually do.

Friends said the girl was a majorette and a volleyball player, a friendly and sweet presence at King, one of the top 10 CPS selective enrollment schools. Pendleton performed with other King College students at President Barack Obama’s inaugural events.

In the last year, Chicago has endured a surge of gun-related murders, more than quadruple the number of homicides in New York City and 58 percent more than the number of U.S. soldiers shot and killed in Afghanistan. During the recent debate over gun control, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has sought to place his city at the front of the push for reform, instructing the city’s pension funds to divest from any gun manufacturer and supporting more gun buyback programs.

littlelauren86 30th-Jan-2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of the handgun article CNN did: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/29/us/handguns-and-federal-legislation/index.html

makes a lot of good points. The new gun control proposed does nothing to curb this type of violence.
skellington1 30th-Jan-2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
Good points indeed, but I'm glad that they're tackling some of it, at least. It's going to take a lot of different solutions.

Also, from that article:
"That's when the powerful pro-gun National Rifle Association effectively ended federal funding for gun violence research, citing its opposition to taxpayer-funded studies on gun violence."

Am I missing something, or does that basically say "The NRA effectively ended federal funding for gun violence research, because they wanted to"? "Citing its opposition to..." is a very wordy way of saying absolutely nothing, under the circumstances.
grace_om 31st-Jan-2013 12:52 am (UTC)
As I understand it, that is exactly what happened. The NRA got their stooges in the house and senate to slip language into various (otherwise popular) bills that effectively forbade ANY federal funding of research into gun violence as a public health and safety issue. So when they claim this or that won't work or isn't true...there aren't really any solid data to argue back.
skellington1 31st-Jan-2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, my confusion wasn't clear -- I understand that's what the NRA did, I just find the reporting of it to be really strange. Since it boils down to "because they wanted to" why include the "citing reasons of..." line at all? It was just a very strange thing to read.
layweed 30th-Jan-2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
I walked past a giant tv while out to lunch and FoxNews basically had it headlined in such a way that it was like OH MY GOD THIS TEENAGER WENT TO OBAMA'S INAUGURATION NOW SHE IS DEAD. i.e. implying her being at the inauguration had something to do with it. seriously idek.
abiding 31st-Jan-2013 01:13 am (UTC)
Jesus Christ, and I'm sure the NRA/GOP will find a way to turn this around and say her presence at the inauguration was her downfall or some bullshit.

RIP, Hadiya.
rex_dart 31st-Jan-2013 03:34 am (UTC)
NBC's FB feed comments were full of people saying that everyone needs to be armed and this kind of thing wouldn't happen. Yeah, we need to arm fifteen-year olds so they don't get shot in the back by people they don't even know. Also saying that we're a great example of how gun bans don't work like everything beyond the city limits is just barren wasteland for hundreds of miles and you couldn't just hop on public transit and buy all the guns you want.

So fed up with people who don't live here saying that the best solution to my city's gun violence problem is for all of us to carry guns, and I've spent half the day in a rage at the idea that this poor teenage girl died because she wasn't carrying a gun. This country is fucked.
rex_dart 31st-Jan-2013 07:20 am (UTC)
Completely agreed. An assault weapons ban is certainly not a bad thing, and maybe it's the easiest thing to actually get done at this point, but it's not really going to do fuck all here. At the very least I would like it to be way, way more difficult to get a handgun, and I would like to see every gun owner held legally responsible for the things that happen to the weapon(s) registered in their name.

People looooove to talk about the gun violence here but nobody wants to discuss the fact that assault weapons aren't the major problem; it's the precious handguns that terrified suburban white people cling to, even though they'll never know what it's like to actually live in a dangerous neighborhood and would actually do better with a dog as home protection.

I don't live in a particularly violent area, but it's also not crime-free. The thing that really gets me is that people who aren't from here really honestly believe that the whole city is this terribly dangerous place where people are being shot left and right, which really just shows complete goddamn ignorance of the fact that despite the fact that this happened in a wealthier neighborhood, in general crime rates are linked to poverty. Because fixing poverty is TOO HARD, so let's just cling to our guns, live in irrational fear, and toss more people to the prison-industrial complex.
rex_dart 31st-Jan-2013 07:22 am (UTC)
Ugh I'm sorry my comment is off-topic too. I have a lot of feelings today.
coyotesuspect 31st-Jan-2013 06:16 am (UTC)
I'm so fucking sad and tired of this. ): RIP Hadiya.
deutscher_engel 31st-Jan-2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so tired of watching the news every morning and seeing shit like this. :(
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