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Ray Lewis Criticizes Black Lives Matter Movement

The two most common criticisms of the Black Lives Matter movement have to be: 1) It implies that black lives matter most and 2) If black lives really mattered, black-on-black crime wouldn’t be an issue. There are easy defenses to both of these claims, but the questions seem to persist.

The latest person to ask them was former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. The future Hall of Famer posted a 10-minute video on his Facebook page that’s already been viewed more than 5 million times. He specifically cited violence in Chicago as an example of how bad things have gotten. 

Michelle Obama: “Hadiya Pendleton Was Me and I Was Her”

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Chicago yesterday and made an impassioned, deeply personal speech on the crisis of gun violence in Chicago and across the nation.

She became visibly and audibly emotional upon comparing herself to Hadiya Pendleton, the 15 year-old honor student gunned down on Chicago’s Southside earlier this year.

From the Huffington Post:

“Hadiya Pendleton was me and I was her,” Mrs. Obama said.

REPORT: Sharp Increase in Anti-Government ‘Patriot Groups’

According to researchers at the Southern Poverty Law Center, there has been a sharp increase in anti-government “patriot groups” opposed to the Obama Administration and gun control.

The numbers have surged from 149 groups in 2008 to 1,360 today.

It is believed that the election and relection of the first black president, as well as the economic downturn, have spurred the rising numbers.

New NRA Ad Specifically Targets Black Community; Links Civil Rights Struggle w/ Gun Ownership

The NRA has launched a campaign that specifically targets the Black Community.

The campaign attempts to link the civil rights movement with gun ownership, suggesting that African Americans should own guns for protection against the government.

They also assert that gun violence in black communities is caused by “culture,” not the prevalence of guns.

Hadiya Pendleton’s Mother Featured in New Gun Control Ad

Cleopatra Cowley – mother of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton – is featured in a public service announcement calling for gun control.

The ad, paid for by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, specifically cites universal background checks as a necessary, commonsense reform.

Cowley also breifly details the tragic circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death.

Cornell West: Gun Control Only Becomes An Issue When “Vanillia” People Get Shot

Appearing on his Smiley & West show with Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornell West pulled no punches while discussing the current national conversation surrounding gun control.

While he’s happy the discussion is happening at all, he laments the fact that it takes white people getting shot for the debate to be taken seriously.

Gun Control Debate Rages In Aftermath of Sandy Hook Massacre

In the wake of the terrible massacre in Newtown, Conneticut, Democrats (and many Republicans) are pushing for the return of an assault weapons ban.

Proponents of the ban say assault weapons were made with military use in mind, not civilian use.

It has been widely reported that Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza used an assault rifle last Friday morning, when he murdered 26 people, including 20 first graders.

Mass Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary; 27 Dead, Including 18 Children

A horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut has so far claimed the lives of 27 people, including 18 children.

The gunman was allegedly the father of a student at the school.

There are unconfirmed reports that the school’s principal and psychologist are among the deceased.

From the Huffington Post:

Reports say that the alleged shooter appeared in the building’s main office at about 9:40 a.m., approximately 30 minutes after the school day began.