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[VIDEO] 2013: PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS CHICAGO FRIDAY TO DISCUSS GUN VIOLENCE; WEEKS AFTER HADIYA PENDLETON MURDER

Published: 2/13/13

President Obama will visit Chicago on Friday to discuss gun control and violence in our great city.  This comes just weeks after the senseless shooting death of Hadiya PendletonIt usually takes one special person to tug the hearts of the public and push politicians to truly address an epidemic….this being gun violence.

During his 2013 “State of The Union” speech last night, Obama even took a moment to speak on behalf of Hadiya’s murder saying; “Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration.  And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.”  What President should have to utter those words?

While many have questioned whether his visit to Chicago will help put an end to the violence, I disagree.  If he  approaches it in a non-typical way, it just may have some impact.  The true message should be that our youth need to change their beliefs.  It is time to stop with the excuses about the lack of opportunities for young black men.  They can use the President as an example…we finally have a black Prez and that says a lot.  Although it is still a struggle for minorities to achieve greatness…he clearly has shown it is possible.

If our youth could just understand…that not having the best schools nor money, can be used as motivation to excel.  There are opportunities in America for those who fight through the many obstacles and have a desire to rise to the top.  If only the gang bangers would use the same energy to succeed that they use on negativity, imagine how far they could go in life. They will die for their drugs and turf wars, why not put their life on the line for something positive.  It would make more sense to lose your life for doing the right thing, instead of killing innocent victims.

It has been a bloodbath during the past few years and gun violence has increased.  This is the time to say “enough is enough” and put the whole right to bear arms into perspective.  When will gun activist learn that owning a gun is not a right but a privilege?  How many more children must die before they get the message?Does it have to be one of their loved ones shot dead for no reason before it sinks in?  Let’s hope not.

If President Obama can change the minds of just a few young teens headed down the path of destruction…it is worth his stop in Chicago.

This madness needs to end.  As a real estate agent, I am often fearful to show homes in some of these violent neighborhoods…how crazy is that?  Should I be afraid to do my job and should children be afraid to play in a park?  I don’t think so.

President Obama will speak at Hyde Park Academy, a high school just minutes from his home in Chicago. Fingers crossed that he leaves a strong message behind…and gives us hope for a better future.

R.I.P. HADIYA…AND THE THOUSANDS OF OTHER INNOCENT VICTIMS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE. 

READ FULL STORY AT ABC NEWS…http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8991888

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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2013: GUN VIOLENCE IS A SIGN OF THE TIMES; IS THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A LIFE? CHICAGO REACHES 36 HOMICIDES

Published 1/26/13

gunThe month of January is not even over and Chicago just reached 36 homicides for the year.  Last night two men were shot to death outside Kevin’s Hamburger Heaven in Bridgeport.  It was the first double homicide of 2013 in Chicago.  This equates to more than one murder per day…which is a sign of the times.

While gun rights activists are stocking up on ammunition and weapons to prepare for tougher gun laws, more people are dying.  There are cities that have run out of ammunition and guns since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.  Many shops have seen a 50%+ increase in weapon sales.  Is the right to bear arms more important than a life?

Let’s face it, gun violence is a sign of the times.  We live in a world of violent video games, lack of jobs giving our youth little hope to succeed and an epidemic of prescription drug use.  This is clearly a different time from when the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was signed. The fact that many cannot see this is mind-boggling.  If their family member were killed would they still feel this way?

Look, I am all for the freedoms we are privileged to have in America.  Each day we are faced with more restrictions and rules putting us into a small box.  Camera’s follow our every move, we can’t drink what we want, we have to watch what we say or face the consequences, and to get through an airport can take hours due to searches and heavy screening.  RULES…RULES…RULES!

But of all the laws our government is considering and enforcing, stricter laws on those who should have the right to own a gun makes sense.  It really should NOT be a right…but a privilege.  Even if you are a law-abiding citizen, what’s to say you have not become a prescription med addict,  junky, or merely snapped.  And look at fact that many of the guns are left in reach of children living in a home.  This week a 3rd grader brought a loaded gun to school for two days in Inkster, MI.  How did he get the gun?

The right to own a gun is a sensitive subject.  There are strong feelings on both sides of the issue and few in the middle.  While I understand both sides of the fence, the thought that gun rights activist reference the constitution seems ridiculous.  It was adopted in 1791 for goodness sakes, how can anyone think we are living with that same mentality. This is clearly a different world; we have grown in numbers and have mentally and physically evolved.

In the end, the next time you think about losing our rights…consider the overall picture.  If someone truly believes they are in a state of mind to own a gun, why would they care about being screened for mental issues or other background checks?  While it is an inconvenience, isn’t saving a life worth the extra steps?

Well, if Illinois allows concealed weapons, I will certainly NOT feel safe.  What do you think?

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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2013: FLORIDA MOM SHOOTS 6-MONTH-OLD INFANT AND SELF; MELANIE REYES IN CRITICAL CONDITION BABY DIES

Melanie ReyesCNN reported a tragedy today.  According to police authorities Florida mom, 20-year-old Melanie Reyes, shot her 6-month-old baby boy before shooting herself.  It was an apparent murder suicide attempt…with a horrible outcome.  She survived but her baby died.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s office, family members saw her Facebook post indicating she was going to shoot her child and herself.  They then called police who found her and the infant at her home…and a horrific scene.

The mom is now listed in critical condition at an area hospital.  She obviously had anger issues, because she was recently arrested for attacking her boyfriend with a bat.  Her court date was scheduled for later this month.

It is especially sad to hear of an innocent child dying at the hands of their mother.  Will this tragedy finally get the attention of politicians regarding stricter gun control?  How many times have guns been in the hands of the wrong person…and the NRA still pushes for their right to bear arms?

Another unnecessary loss of an innocent life and of course a gun was involved.  Sure let’s keep sweeping this topic under the rug and making excuses.  This really makes me sick to my stomach.

UPDATE: With all the very emotional posts, it will be interesting to hear all sides of the story.  The photo’s of Melanie with her baby do show another side…it looks like she did love her baby but it still has many baffled. 

MELANIE REYES PHOTO’S WITH BABY

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(VIDEO) 12/18/12: WALMART & DICK’S SPORTING GOODS PULLING SELECT GUNS FROM SHELVES; PIERS MORGAN DEBATE

WATCH PIERS MORGAN DEBATE GUN CONTROL IN ABOVE VIDEO…SHOCKING!

Wal-Mart and Dick’s Sporting Goods stepped up to the plate today.  They announced that due to the recent Newtown shooting, they are pulling select guns from their shelves and website. This may just be the first step in taking gun control seriously…but is it enough?

While many gun rights activists are angered that the recent Newtown shooting has challenged their right to bear arms…how many more children must die to get inside their hearts?  There is still no explanation which sits well in my mind, as to why anyone would need an assault rife.  Do you shoot deer with that type of gun?

Things have changed significantly in our society since the 2nd amendment was adopted back in 1791.

  • We don’t need to hunt for food anymore…we have groceries stores.  
  • We don’t need to put guns in our farmhouses...we have 911.  
  • We don’t need to put guns in our pick-up trucks...we have police stations.  
  • We don’t need to put guns in our holster’s…this is no longer the wild-wild west.  
  • We don’t need assault rifles...Al Capone is dead. 

Anyone who believes their right to have guns is more important than the life of a precious child, is heartless. The fact that many American’s are so passionate about having a powerful gun in their possession out way’s human life….is disheartening.

HOW MANY CHILDREN MUST DIE BEFORE GUN LAWS ARE TAKEN SERIOUSLY?  The sad fact is that a high percentage of deaths happen with the owner’s own weapon.   It was once again proven in the Sandy Hook School shooting…the mom had 3 guns and her son used them to kill her and 26 innocent victims.  And she was a legal registered gun holder…sick!

What is your position on gun control?  Should they be banned?  Stricter restrictions?  Removed from ALL shelves?  WATCH VIDEO BELOW…THEN POST YOUR COMMENTS.

READ FULL STORY AT CNN…http://money.cnn.com/2012/12/18/news/wal-mart-dicks-guns-connecticut/

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(VIDEO) DEADLY GUN VIOLENCE MUST END…TOO MANY TEDDY BEARS IS A SIGN OF THE TIMES

Unfortunately, the gun violence in Chicago has reached an all-time high.  Each day we lose young innocent teens on the streets, usually just at the wrong place at the wrong time.  The above video is a sign of the times across the country.  And with the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, this message stretches beyond our city streets.

It’s sad that the new generation of youth cannot enjoy the simple times of yesterday.  Schools used to be the only safe-haven for those living in gang infested areas.  But to hear of such devastation, even in a tight-knit small community such as Newtown, crushes that hope.  Where can they feel safe?

The guns need to come out of the hands of irresponsible civilians. There is absolutely no need for them to have  semi-automatic assault rifles.  If guns continue to flow freely in the streets, how do we expect the senseless violence to end?

If you have the passion to hear what our youth is feeling…listen to the words in this heart-felt video.  It is called Too Many Teddy Bears which is a sad reality.  What a powerful message…the lyrics will chill your bones.

When a deadly shooting can happen at an elementary school in Newtown…it can happen anywhere. 

NAMES OF THE SANDY HOOK VICTIMS RELEASED TODAY…TRAGIC. https://brittaj17.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/121412-sandy-hook-ct-school-shooting-victims-names-released-to-public-today-tragic/

R.I.P.

R.I.P.

#endtheviolence

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(Video) 6-YEAR-OLD GUN FIRES AT CLASSMATES IN HOUSTON SCHOOL

Houston police reported that a 6-year-old brought a gun to school today, injuring several students.  The kindergartener’s gun hit his classmates and himself when it fell from his pocket and accidentally discharged, in a crowded lunchroom.

Although the students are all in good condition, it is still unbelievable that children this age have to go through this type of trauma, especially at school.  The police are investigating where the child got the gun and full details of the case, prior to determining if charges will be brought against the parents.

We have serious issues when a small child finds a way to bring a gun to school.  And where were the metal detectors?  When will society learn…gun laws need to change.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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