I’m glad to see that a permanent assault weapons ban and other forms of gun control are being raised as a topic of the presidential primary. Likewise after-school programs to help keep youth off the streets and further from the reaches of crime, something that seems to have disappeared from the radar screen in recent years. The statistic about more Chicago students being murdered this year than Illinois servicement killed in the war in Iraq is staggering…
Obama told churchgoers at the Vernon Park Church of God on Chicago’s South Side that too many young lives are being claimed by violence and more must be done to combat the problem.
“From South Central L.A. to Newark, New Jersey, there’s an epidemic of violence that’s sickening the soul of this nation,” the Illinois senator told the crowd. “The violence is unacceptable and it’s got to stop.”
Nearly three dozen Chicago students have been killed this year, according to Chicago Public Schools. Obama said that figure is higher than the number of Illinois serviceman who’ve died in Iraq in 2007.
“We need to express our collective anger through collective action,” Obama said.
He said the government needs to permanently reinstate an assault weapons ban and close regulatory loopholes that protect unscrupulous gun dealers.
He also said government should support and fund more after-school programs to keep kids off the streets. But some of the burden must also be shouldered by residents who need to do more to raise and protect at-risk children, he added.Please share widely!