Obama tackles violence at home

  • Article by: KATHLEEN HENNESSEY , Tribune Washington Bureau
  • Updated: February 15, 2013 - 7:23 PM

President returned to Chicago to address the scourge of gun violence that has plagued his hometown.

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SpringerguyFeb. 15, 13 7:52 PM

Our fine reporters are forgetting to tell the whole story about the murder of Hadiya - Prosecutors say Michael Ward was on probation for a gun charge, and has a juvenile record for robbery and theft. So, before we start stating that more gun control will solve the gun violence maybe we should look at our existing laws and ask why this gang member was on probation for a gun charge while having a previous record of robbery and theft. Am I the only one that finds this alarming? The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, has stated that he wants to "demonize" gun ownership. How about we use some simple common sense and start enforcing the laws we have. How an individual with a criminal record can only get probation for a gun violation in a city with some of the toughest gun laws is beyond belief.

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lenny7Feb. 15, 13 9:43 PM

Chicago-style gun control results in Chicago-style crime. Let's NOT spread that across the country.

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russ999Feb. 16, 13 7:25 AM

"Chicago-style gun control results in Chicago-style crime."

the Chicago gun laws were an ineffective response to the gun violence not the cause of them but you know that. States with broader gun laws, such as NY, show that guns laws can have an effect and national gun laws would be more effective, such as in Australia.

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russ999Feb. 16, 13 7:49 AM

The hypocrisy of the N.R.A.’s argument that the problem is weak enforcement is exposed by its efforts over the years to undercut what enforcement there is. It has tried mightily to ensure that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lacks the leadership, resources and legal authority to do its job properly. Restrictions enacted at the gun lobby’s behest make it exceedingly hard to identify dealers who falsify sales records, for example, and bar the bureau from putting gun-sale records into a central database for speedy tracing of weapons used in crimes.

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russ999Feb. 16, 13 8:05 AM

in 1996, pro-gun members of Congress mounted an all-out effort to eliminate the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although they failed to defund the center, the House of Representatives removed $2.6 million from the CDC's budget—precisely the amount the agency had spent on firearm injury research the previous year. Funding was restored in joint conference committee, but the money was earmarked for traumatic brain injury. The effect was sharply reduced support for firearm injury research.

To ensure that the CDC and its grantees got the message, the following language was added to the final appropriation: “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

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russ999Feb. 16, 13 8:22 AM

the five states with the highest per capita gun death rates were Alaska, Louisiana, Montana, Alabama, and Wyoming. Each of these states had a per capita gun death rate far exceeding the national per capita gun death rate for the 50 states of 10.25 per 100,000 for 2010. Each state has lax gun laws and higher gun ownership rates. By contrast, states with strong gun laws and low rates of gun ownership had far lower rates of firearm-related death. Ranking last in the nation for gun death was Hawaii, followed by Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and New York.

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kleindropperFeb. 16, 1310:08 AM

Obama and Chicago both have a policy of giving the lawful a hard time and leaving them defenseless while letting evil run around armed and free. We can all see the results with the ongoing Chicago massacre. Why do they do this? Because it's easy to push around and take from the lawful but it's hard to take on criminals, especially when race is involved.

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smdentFeb. 16, 1310:25 AM

Sadly, the NRA has purchased enough of our politicians to prevent the ATF from establishing and operating a national registry for guns. We have a national registry for cars, and houses, and boats and well, you get the point. But there are those, especially the NRA who scare less-than-brilliant that "big gobermint" is going to come to their houses and take their guns away. I for one, wish they would.

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SpringerguyFeb. 16, 1310:54 AM

russ999 - the correlation between high numbers of gun ownership and firearms related deaths isn't a statistic that generally supports controlling guns to decrease violence. I grew up in a rural area where everyone owned guns and, yes, I can't argue that there are probably higher per capita deaths - but mostly due to accidental shootings or suicides. The drive for gun control is being driven by the so-called "gun violence". If the agenda is controlling guns to control gun related deaths then lets add limiting car ownership in urban areas and forcing public transit since there is, I suspect, a higher per capital death rate due to vehicle accidents. I'll stand by my original post that we need to start enforcing the laws we already have instead of creating more laws that just harm law abiding citizens while criminals have the opportunity to continually repeat their violent behavior at the expense of the public.

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worldcitizenFeb. 16, 1311:08 AM

None of Obama's new laws would have stopped any of the recent tragedies. truths: criminals ignore gun laws and people that belong in the nut barn should be denied guns.

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