Why Doesn’t Obama Fly the Parents of Chicago Murder Victims to Washington to Lobby for Gun Control?

8 May

 

Chicago ended 2012 with a total of 506 homicides.  That means that there are 506 families out there who lost a loved one: a son, daughter, brother, sister, mother or father.  Even more bad news:  in the first week of 2013 Chicago was already on pace to surpass 2012’s horrific number.

Only eight days into 2013, Chicago is already on a grim pace to not only continue the bloody trend of an elevated homicide rate — but to surpass it.

NBC Chicago pointed out that, as of Sunday, 12 people had been murdered in Chicago this year, which, at a rate of two a day, but the city on a pace for a devastating 730 homicides, higher than any one-year murder total in Chicago since 1997.

A story from June of last year states that fatal shootings in Chicago outnumber the US troops killed in Afghanistan:

Since the start of the year, 144 U.S. soldiers have been killed on duty in Afghanistan, while at least 240 people have been shot dead in Chicago.

Over the course of the war since 2001, around 2,000 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan compared to the 5,000 gunfire victims in the Illinois city.

After seeing that the families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims were flown on Air Force One along with the President of the United States to lobby Congress on gun control legislation, I wondered why the families of the Chicago victims were not given the same treatment? The Sandy Hook shootings were awful, but so is what is happening in Chicago.

Eleven parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre will fly to Washington with the president on Air Force One tonight following Obama’s speech in Hartford, Conn.

They are coming to Washington to lobby Congress this week to pass measures to combat gun violence.

“There is no more effective advocate than a parent who has lost a child,” a senior administration official tells ABC News.

Can’t disagree with that, but I’m still curious why the parents in Chicago were never given the same treatment.

 

 

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