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 Pendleton. It 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