Saturday, December 29, 2012
A recently read article (“Urban advocates say new gun control talk overdue” by Jesse Washington, national writer for The Associated Press) referred to gun violence in Chicago.
He quoted Tammerlin Drummond, a columnist for the Oakland Tribune who wrote “about 7-year-old Heaven Sutton of Chicago, who was standing next to her mother selling candy when she was killed in the crossfire of a gang shootout. Also in Chicago, which has been plagued by a recent spike in gun violence: 6-year-old Aaliyah Shell was caught in a drive-by while standing on her front porch; and 13-year-old Tyquan Tyler was killed when a someone in a car shot into a group of youths outside a party.”
How could this possibly have happened in Chicago, which had among the most restrictive gun laws in the country for its citizens, even while the mayor had armed guards?
In addition, Connecticut, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, ranked #5 on its safe state scorecard — even higher than Illinois.
If strict gun laws alone were the key to preventing gun violence the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and others, such as those referenced above, should not have happened.
It is hoped that other factors brought up (access to mental health, reporting suspicious behavior, influencing factors) will continue to be discussed, allowing for possible solutions/remedies to save lives.