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Chicago Girl Who Performed at Obama Inauguration Events Is Shot Dead (TEXT and VIDEOS)

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- 1967 days ago -
The girl, whom local reports identified as Hadiya Pendleton, died when a gunman opened fire on her and about a dozen other teenagers while they were hanging out at a park in Chicago, according to Chicago Police officer Jose Estrada.

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Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:33 pm
very sad news

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 3:47 pm

This is so heartbreaking, and so unnecessary, a required back ground check a 3 day waiting period, and end the sales of guns used for murder. This child should be alive. In just the month of January we have had over 1.300 people killed with guns.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:25 pm
And yet another...and another..and another- Kit's numbers given above should bring even the toughest congress gun promoters to senses! This in unbelievable, people love their guns more than life..
Just read another post of more shooting >

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:07 pm
A very sad situation that should never have happened. Personally, it would not bother me if the 2nd amendment were over turned but that has as much chance as a snowball in hell. However, if gun ownership was treated like driving a vehicle, at least the world might be a little safer. If you want to see a short video, go to

and watch "Gun Fails: A Comprehensive Collection To Commemorate 'Gun Appreciation' Day".. While amusing in this context, it is an indication of just why regulation is sorely required.

@ Angelika --- "Kit's numbers given above should bring even the toughest congress gun promoters to senses!"

Congress persons (particularly Republican/Teabaggers) and sense is like oil and water. They don't mix unfortunately!

Carol H (229)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:08 pm
sadly noted

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:57 pm
This is such an infuriating tragedy! This never should have happened. If the NRA and the right-wing nut jobs would get over their gun obsession we would never have lost all of those who have died due to gun violence. My heart aches for her family and for a life that was cut down so viciously. Thanks Carrie.

Kevin A (64)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:54 pm
Such crimes as this are generally committed by people who will never buy a gun legally. They will not have background checks because they will buy their guns from black marketeers or steal them in a burglary (from a home, a store, or an armory). They will have plenty of time to defeat the trigger locks on stolen weapons before they are used. Many firearms dealers also sell tools and hardware, that could also be stolen and used to defeat the locks on the firearms.

The only changes in gun laws that might deter gun crime has to do with penalties for illegal use or illegal possession of them. Do not let prosecutors plead down charges involving crimes committed with any weapon, and make them even more severe where firearms are used.

With no death penalty in many states, the worst you have to offer as punishment for any of these violent criminals is lifetime room and board. They can go out and kill one, two, twenty, or even hundreds of people and get lifetime room and board.

We do not want more taxes, so we are: laying off police officers; are not building new prisons; not getting criminals off of the street. We are letting violent criminals avoid lengthy sentences by allowing prosecutors to deal away charges because we have no place to keep them. The criminals know this, so there is no serious deterrent to them committing more crimes.

Instead of addressing these issues, you attack the legal, law abiding firearms owners. Push for higher taxes, more prisons, more police officers, and no plea deals to avoid prison and truly effective sentencing mandates.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:08 pm
Noted. Thanks.

JL A (281)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:12 pm
RIP you who died too young and before your time.

Jane Mckenzie (20)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 11:59 pm
What a tragic waste. USA you need to stop your population having guns.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:15 am
Terrible! Just emphasizes the immediate need for gun control!

Abdessalam D (145)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:26 am
When are Americans going to ask for amendment of the constitution to ban guns and put an end to this bloodshed ? Too sad.

Gene Jacobson (290)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:58 am
An absolute tragedy and the most compelling reason of all to regulate guns more strongly than we do. Another promising young life cut short because this nation lacks the moral fiber to act on the easy availability of weapons of human destruction. Of course the shooter had it illegally, but it is the tsunami of such weapons flooding our country that is the reason he did have one at all. We've tried a lot of things including longer prison terms for crimes committed with a gun, none have stemmed the bloodshed. We have to be stronger than we have been to end this epidemic of violence. We have to be. Even one life lost is too many.

Emma S (239)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:25 am
How many more deaths is it going to take? Get rid of guns, America. Thank you, Carrie.

Chris C (152)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:05 am
More out-of-control gun use, more death, more tragedy!

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 11:08 am
This is very sad news. When will the violence and pain stop?

Winnie A (179)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:56 pm
This didn't have to happen. What a bright and talented young lady we have lost. May she rest in peace and I hope the happy memories of her life will help sustain her family now and in the future.

jan b (5)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:29 pm

I found this an interesting read and wanted to pass it along.....

There is now only one legal gun store in Mexico -- in Mexico City -- and buyers must wait months for approval of purchase from the Ministry of Defense. Purchases are limited to small caliber, non-military weapons that must be kept at home; semi-automatic weapons are only sold to military and police. After the 1960s, Mexican law was changed to prohibit private citizens from openly carrying a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon.

In the aftermath of each violent shooting incident in the U.S., Mexican politicians decry the relative permissiveness of U.S. gun laws. After the Aurora, Colo., shooting, The New York Times reported that former President Felipe Calderon tweeted that U.S. gun legislation was "damaging us all." Calderon authorized the construction of a huge sign in Cuidad Juarez, constructed out of confiscated firearms, saying "NO MORE WEAPONS."

There is robust illegal trafficking in firearms from the U.S. to Mexico. Many accounts have it that up to 90 percent of illegal guns in Mexico are from the U.S., but that figure is widely disputed as it comes from confiscated firearms turned over by the Mexicans to U.S. authorities.


What about the impact of U.S. gun control laws on Mexican violence? A new paper contends that the expiration of the U.S. Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 2004 had a "measureable” impact on the rates of violence in northern Mexico.

“The expiration relaxed the permissiveness of gun sales in border states such as Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, but not California, which retained a pre-existing state-level ban. Using mortality statistics over 2002-2006, we show that homicides, gun-related homicides and crime gun seizures increased differentially in Mexican municipios located closer to entry ports in these other border states, relative to entry ports in California.”

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:33 pm
I'd seen this a few days ago, and hoped at the time that Pres. Obama would know of this and put extra effort into his statements of supporting gun control. Tragically sad!

Christine Linley (12)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 3:01 pm
I can not understand how passively America seem to accept their children being killed by people being allowed guns.
Tragic . My heart goes out to her family and hope for her boyfriends speedy recovery

Ann Breeden (65)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 3:54 pm
What a pure waste of a young life. I think our country has gone mad.

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:45 pm
I am all for stricter gun control laws, but there is also the problem of lost young gang members who should be working or in school.

Jason S (50)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:20 pm
good posting, thanks

Julie E (405)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:24 pm
I agree with Ann. This country has gone mad.
What a tragedy. Very sad. A young life taken away, so young, so bright...

Laurie H (817)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:33 pm
Very Upsetting to hear---what is happening ---this beautiful life, just terrible--- very sadly noted. Will pray for her family~~~

Harish S (6)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 7:52 pm
Rest in Peace. May God give her family and friends the courage to recover from this tragedy.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:09 pm
How profoundly sad :(

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:46 am
Very very sad news these people who go on killing people are lunatic insane their place is behind bars for life

Autumn S (151)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:56 am
Such sad, sad news, she was just so young.

Ro H (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:00 am

Ian F (3)
Friday February 1, 2013, 10:47 am
This is just one of the recent tradgedies which enforces the necessity for "IMMEDIATE, WORLDWIDE" Weaponary Reform and Gun Control.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:03 pm
Very sad.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 3:26 pm
I do not understand Everyday nearly we hear about another gun crime but still the argument for keeping all the guns goes on No one is taking it seriously from what i can see Someone needs to get their head out of the clouds thats for sure

April Thompson (2)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:45 pm
Very sad and disgusting! I hate guns- will never own one!

Janis B (7)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 6:13 am
Gus are your right, seem that they are your absolute wrong. When are you folk going to wise up and realise that owning a gun shows impotence not power. Her poor family, what a waste.

Barbara K (60)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 6:13 pm
I was so shocked to hear this news. I watched all the Inauguration, had recorded it. Her poor family is so heartbroken. How sad it is.

Klaus Peters (14)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 8:13 am
I ask myself, WHY did Hadiya have to die? I just do not understand the USA anymore!!! Poor girl, had her life in front of her! Beautiful girl, it just brings tears to my eyes, and I am still asking my self, WHY.
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