Chicago remembers 15-year-old girl whose slaying drew attention to city's gun violence

  • Article by: SARA BURNETT and JASON KEYSER , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 9, 2013 - 11:47 PM
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nrabadFeb. 9, 1310:51 AM

And the NRA doesn't think we need to do anything with the gun problems other then more guns. Anymore great ideas? Another example of the tragedy that happens everyday. Everyone needs to stand up and take action to prevent gun violence! Email your Representatives! NOW PLEASE!!!!

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callmeronFeb. 9, 1312:45 PM

The higher the Democrat vote in an area, the higher the gun violence (and rapes, and other types of crime and violence). 15,000 people have been MURDERED in Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago since 1990. This sad tale of this girl being killed has occurred THOUSANDS of times before in Chicago and WILL occur thousands of times more over the next few years. Every time a youth is killed by gun violence in any Democrat city (Chicago, Minneapolis, LA, you name it), the bleeding hearts hold a candle light vigil, hold hands, and say that it is going to end. But it never does. If the people who live in these communities want to find the root cause of gun violence, they should look in the mirror. Lenient penalties for crime, life-long welfare dependence, and a culture of irresponsibility fester in these communities and the Democratic Party and liberal left are to blame. By the way, the higher the Republican vote in an area, the more peaceful and prosperous the area is. Funny how that works, ain't it???

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wayne5040Feb. 9, 13 1:12 PM

nrabad: If you don't know, Chicago already has very strict gun control laws on the books. An assault weapons ban would not have prevented this girls death, nor would limiting the number of rounds in an ammunition clip. Background checks would not prevent this either. The simple fact is that the person or persons that shot her got their gun illegally and it was a "regular" handgun. This type of violence has been happening in Chicago for decades and has been accepted as normal. Google it and it goes way back, including Ben Wilson back in 1984. Until the Chicago community decides that gangs and violence are the problem and begans to cooperate with police to rid the community of gangs and violence, nothing will change. Ditto Minneapolis. In fact, labeling this as "gun violence" will only serve to disguise the core problem and prevent a real solution. I am not an NRA member or supporter, but this issue is much deeper than an assault weapons ban.

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sharkysharkFeb. 9, 13 3:35 PM

That poor girl was the victim of non-enforcement of existing laws. Gang-involved crime in Chicago is completely out of control and those responsible for ending it blame laws in other states for the problem. If that were true there would be similar crimes in Wisconsin or Indiana but it doesn't happen. The problem is Chicago's and Mayor Emanuel might want to think that one over.

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cartoonconnFeb. 9, 13 4:52 PM

Obama should go there and give a speech about gun violence. Thank should take care of things.

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essmo2Feb. 9, 13 5:22 PM

Let's call it what it is. I see it as a "Gang Violence" It is about time that Mayor Emanuel acknowledges that there is a gang problem. Looking back in history, it was former Minneapolis chief of police Tony Bouza that stood in front of the microphone and stated that Minneapolis does not have a gang problem. Where is Tony now?

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kingharodFeb. 9, 13 5:26 PM

The gang banger thugs who killed this young girl won't give one moment of thought if more guns laws are put into effect. Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws around yet have the highest killing stats of anywhere in the USA. You could ban guns, ammo, clips, holsters... ban everything related to guns and these thugs will just keep on shooting.

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bart1959Feb. 9, 13 7:02 PM

Gang violence.Not "gun violence". The feral gangsters, with no father in sight, thanks to Democrat welfare policies use guns, obtained and posessed illegally. Cub reporters - please use the correct terms and tell us about the shooters - their families, their fathers, their backgrounds. And trace the guns they use and tell us those facts. Stop with the Kabuki street theater. Report the facts.

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