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so who is pro guns?

Posted by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:13 PM
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I agree with this poor girls dad. More guns are not the answer...tougher laws are.  I own guns too but I believe it has become waaaaay too easy to obtain them.  thoughts?


'Walking angel': Girl who performed at Obama's inauguration shot dead in Chicago

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Hadiya Pendleton, 15, a student at King College Prep, was killed Tuesday at a Chicago park.

A 15-year-old girl who performed at President Obama's inauguration last week was shot dead Tuesday while hanging out with friends after school in bullet-scarred Chicago.

Hadiya Pendleton -- described by family as a “walking angel” -- was standing under a canopy in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park when a gunman ran down an alley, opened fire and fled in a white car, police said.

Pendleton was shot in the back but managed to run about a block before she collapsed, officer Laura Kubiak said. She died at the hospital.

A 16-year-old boy was wounded in the 2:20 p.m. incident. Police said Pendleton, who had no criminal record, was probably not the intended target.

Never in a million years did I think I would get a call that my own baby had been gunned down,” Pendleton’s mother, Cleo Cowley, said through tears from her Chicago home.


She said she was at work Tuesday afternoon when she got an unexpected call from one of her daughter’s friends.

“She was screaming on the phone that Hadiya’s been shot, she’s been shot, and I just didn’t understand,” said Cowley.

Courtesy the Pendleton family

Photos of Hadiya Pendleton from her trip to Washington.

She and other relatives described the teen as a honor student, an insatiable reader who still found time to play volleyball and a twirl a baton in the school marching band.

“As usual, the bad guy aims, but he never hits the other bad guy . . . He hits the one that hurts the most to lose,” the victim’s godfather, Damon Stewart, 36, who is a police officer, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I changed her diapers, I played with her growing up. My heart is broken.”

A sophomore at selective King College Prep High School, Pendleton had traveled to Washington to perform with the band at inaugural events.

“It was the highlight of her young 15-year-old life,” Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said Wednesday at a Senate hearing on gun violence.

“Just a matter of days after the happiest day of her life, she’s gone.”

Cousin Shatira Wilks said the upcoming inauguration trip was the talk of a family gathering around New Year’s, but the young majorette was even more excited about something else: plans to travel to Europe this spring with the band.

“She was an honor student all her life,” Wilks said. “Honestly, she was a walking angel. She never once gave her mom any problems ever.”

Wilks said the teen doted on her 10-year-old brother, Junior, who is devastated.

“At Christmas this year, she was designated the elf and she handed out all the gifts,” she recalled.


“She loved rock music. She was always listening and playing to music,” Wilks said,. “What you would usually catching her doing is texting on her phone, like all the teenagers.”

Pendleton last tweeted just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday. “I’m tired,” she wrote.

Many of her classmates changed their Twitter handles to honor her and decried the violence that had claimed an innocent life.

“You are more than loved and missed,” one wrote. “Your laugh smile and silly happy personality has made my day more times than I can remember. Nobody deserves this, especially not you.”

Friends of the young majorette described her as a bubbly, well-liked student.

“She was always smiling and laughing,” said Tyler Genovesi, 14. “She was just a really nice person. … There’s a lot of people crying in school today. It’s very sad. The band is playing for her right now.”

Pendleton's murder was one of three shooting deaths in the city on Tuesday. More than 40 people have been shot dead in Chicago since the beginning of the year. There were 506 homicides in the city last year, a 16 percent increase even as other large cities, like New York, saw murders drop.

“We are awash in guns,” Durbin said, noting that six times as many guns as confiscated in Chicago as in New York each year. We have guns everywhere and some believe the solution to this is more guns. I disagree.”

Cowley broke down sobbing when she was told that her daughter’s death had been mentioned in the Senate.

“Something does need to change,” she said. “Where are the guns coming from? I don’t own a gun. My daughter was not violent. I never would have thought she would die like this.”

by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:13 PM
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moneysaver6
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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From the city that has some of the toughest gun laws.

Yup. Clearly more gun laws is the answer. *sarcasm*
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FooLynRoo
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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I'm pro responsible gun ownership and handling.



TigOlBitties
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:23 PM
So what IS the answer... more guns? More innocent people caught in the crossfire? *sarcasm*

Quoting moneysaver6:

From the city that has some of the toughest gun laws.



Yup. Clearly more gun laws is the answer. *sarcasm*


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Paranoai
by Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:25 PM

THAT wasn't the question...yeah I am a very responsible gun owner as well, but should it be so damn easy that ANYONE can sell a gun to a person with no background check? yeah Our laws need to change.

Quoting FooLynRoo:

I'm pro responsible gun ownership and handling.




ethans_momma06
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM
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You know what's actually happening? People with cleared backgrounds go in and legally purchase firearms for those who don't. Guns still go into the hands of those who shouldn't have them, and the legislation is bypassed. So do you really think that MORE legislation will work?

Cars are regulated, licensed, enforcment is frequent. Yet we still have 30,000(+) deaths PER YEAR here in the states from Motor accidents. That doesn't include injuries. That doesn't include the amount of people who broke laws like running stop signs/red lights, speeding, or DUI.

I think that change needs to come from within society. Laws and legislation do nothing if the people aren't inclined to follow them.

Quoting Paranoai:

THAT wasn't the question...yeah I am a very responsible gun owner as well, but should it be so damn easy that ANYONE can sell a gun to a person with no background check? yeah Our laws need to change.

Quoting FooLynRoo:

I'm pro responsible gun ownership and handling.






Ladybugmama86
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:32 PM
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 Agree! Some of the most horrific shootings recently have come from states with stricter gun bans.

I think there needs to be a ban on mentally ill people. Since they are the ones shooting up everything. **SARCASM**

Since some people have sticks up their asses I am making the sarcasm VERY well known in this comment

Quoting moneysaver6:

From the city that has some of the toughest gun laws.

Yup. Clearly more gun laws is the answer. *sarcasm*

 

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coolmommy2x
by Ruby Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM
I don't understand why the NRA doesn't care more. They have resources to do whatever is needed to keep people safe but choose not to. I don't get it.

And I don't know the details but apparently my state (PA) took 18 months to get information to the national database to. That's a disgrace. But our governor is very pro- NRA so I'm not surprised. They probably own him.
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FooLynRoo
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM


Well in MY state we dont sell to ANYONE and you DO need a background check

SO once AGAIN I STATE I am PRO RESPONSIBLE gun OWNERSHIP and HANDLING.



Quoting Paranoai:

THAT wasn't the question...yeah I am a very responsible gun owner as well, but should it be so damn easy that ANYONE can sell a gun to a person with no background check? yeah Our laws need to change.

Quoting FooLynRoo:

I'm pro responsible gun ownership and handling.






FooLynRoo
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM

How about gun registration, and renewal.

Meaning you have to submit your gun, serial nuber and a sample shot every 3 years to the state and pay a nominal feed to have your gun checked, just as you would with a car.

This way you can more easily track and hold those responsible for gun crimes.

Most people who legally obtain guns aren't the ones doing drive bys, the people they THEN sell them to are.



Quoting TigOlBitties:

So what IS the answer... more guns? More innocent people caught in the crossfire? *sarcasm*

Quoting moneysaver6:

From the city that has some of the toughest gun laws.



Yup. Clearly more gun laws is the answer. *sarcasm*




AMBG825
by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 5:57 PM
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 Why would the parents think that the gun used by the criminal that shot her was obtained legally?

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