In his final year in the White House, President Barack Obama is showing that, when it comes to gun control, he is no longer willing to wait around and play politics.
Chicago could report its lowest murder total in close to 50 years for the second consecutive year.
Despite murder rates being down, the number of shootings is up for 2014, according to data analysed by the Chicago Sun-Times.
The following post originated from the Chicago Tribune. It was written by John Kass. While this is a controversial subject, it is worth debating in the black community.
By: John Kass
Antonio Smith, 9 years old, was assassinated the other day. He was Chicago’s youngest fatal shooting victim this year. He was shot at least four times and fell in a backyard on the South Side. And when I went out there on 71st and Woodlawn less than 24 hours after he was murdered, here’s what I didn’t see:
I didn’t see protesters waving their hands in the air for network TV cameras. I didn’t see the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson playing their usual roles in the political race card game.
Thursday night, 14-year-old Kevin Diaz was gunned down while walking to the store near his home in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood. As he lie dead on the concrete, Christina Brown and her twin sister decided to take the tragedy, and use it to get through to their sons.
A sixth man has been charged in connection to the murder of 14-year-old Endia Martin.
Floyd Evans is accused of illegally obtaining the gun used in the Monday afternoon shooting in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
A 14-year-old girl was charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Endia Martin, 14 on Chicago’s south side.
Two others may face charges, according to the Chicago Police Department.
A Chicago activist was shot and killed in front of her home moments after leaving an anti-violence event on Friday evening.
Leonore Draper, 32, sat on the committee of an anti-violence non-profit called A Charitable Confection.
Two Chicago teens were shot to death Saturday over a Facebook dispute, the mother of one of the victims said Saturday night.
16-year-old Jordan Means and 18-year-old Anthony Bankhead were found dead just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday in an apartment on the city’s southeast side.
On Thursday, April 3, the White House will honor 9 grassroots leaders taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence.
BYP 100 member Jamira Burley is one of them.