One year ago today, in Harsh Park on Chicago’s South Side. fifteen year-old Hadiya Pendleton was murdered, and her parents bemoan the lack of action from the country’s leaders in addressing its gun violence problem.
After their daughter’s death, Hadiya’s parents write, “first lady Michelle Obama attended [her] funeral, and in the year that has followed, our family joined the president as he called for a national push to end gun violence—and we watched as our elected officials in Congress failed to pass common-sense gun legislation in April.”
On average, 33 people are killed by guns every day. Eight of those people are children, “and every day, 33 new families are told, ‘We are sorry for your loss.’ [. . .] The truth is we are sorry for the loss of courage from our nation’s leaders [. . . ] During President Obama’s address, he told the nation that our daughter and other victims of gun violence deserved every effort from Congress to prevent more bloodshed. But when a bipartisan bill to expand background checks for all gun sales and keep guns out of dangerous hands came to the Senate floor in April, a minority of senators caved to the gun lobby and blocked the bill from passing.”
The Pendletons do not seek a seizure of everyone’s firearms. They believe in the Second Amendment. What they want is to prevent more senseless violence. That requires common-sense legislation and politicians with the courage to say no to the gun lobby. If nobody currently in office will lift a finger, then we will elect people who will take a stand.
Let’s stand with the Pendletons. Let’s make our communities safer for our kids.