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Four Chicago Shootings Occur within 90 Minutes of President Obama Leaving Chicago

President Obama and his administration are at a loss for how to stop the out of control violence occurring in many urban areas.  A lack of political will in Washington has led to a mass exodus of jobs and educational opportunities, and authorities have been either unwilling or unable to stop the flow of drugs and guns into urban communities.  No greater sign of the times was evident than the day the president came to Chicago.  Within 90 minutes of the president leaving on Air Force One, there were four shootings that took place in the city.

The first shooting was in the same hour that the president left.  Four people were wounded in the shootings, according to the Chicago Tribune .

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The president gave a speech at Hyde Park Academy, mentioning the death of Hadiya Pendleton, a young teen who was shot less than a mile away from his house.  The president argued that personal responsibility is an important part of stopping the wave of gun violence.

 “This is not just a gun issue. It’s also an issue of the kinds of communities that we’re building, and for that we all share a responsibility as citizens to fix it,” he said.

Others have noted that the president’s speeches to urban communities tend to focus on the community’s mistakes in creating violence, where speeches in suburban and white communities tend to focus on policy solutions.  Leaders are calling for the president to support a jobs plan that targets urban centers  so that there are more opportunities for both teens and the parents who raise them.

Obama did acknowledge the role in gun control in stopping the flow of violence.

“Last year, there were 443 murders with a firearm in this city, and 65 of them were 18 and under. That’s the equivalent of a Newtown every four months,” Obama said. “That’s precisely why the overwhelming majority of Americans are asking for some common sense proposals to make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun.”

17 Responses to Four Chicago Shootings Occur within 90 Minutes of President Obama Leaving Chicago

  1. marcus davis

    February 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I still say put their butts in the army and drill some disipline into them.If they don,t get it send their butts to the front line anyways,make them find out the hard way.

  2. David2001

    February 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I lot of people noticed how he basically preached to blacks about gun violence but cried for the white victims of Sandy Hook. For those blacks on here commenting about black responsibility I agree but don’t whites a have any responsibility when they teach their children how to shoot guns?? Why wasn’t he blaming and preaching and talking about personal responsibility to them?? All NO-BACK BONE OBAMA did was regurgitate his infamous Father’s Day speech from 2008. He keeps acting like he is an example of a fatherless home. When he is a product of a worthless deadbeat white single mother who abandon him to his racist white grand parents. The person that abandoned him was his MOTHER who he can’t stop singing praises to. His father went back to Africa to raise his family there.
    This was a political speech. His “shout outs” to single mothers aka baby mommy’s doing a courageous job is a lie and laughable. The bad choices of not only black men but BLACK WOMEN is basically the problem in the black community. Obama wont say that because of the political backlash from black women. So he beats up on black men as the sole reason these problems exist. I’m counting the days down when NO BACK BONE OBAMA leaves office. We as black people will be better off for it!

    • David2001

      February 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Others have noted that the president’s speeches to urban communities tend to focus on the community’s mistakes in creating violence, where speeches in suburban and white communities tend to focus on policy solutions.

      That one sentence should have been put in all cap and bold print for the OBAMA TROLLS!

  3. Fernando

    February 18, 2013 at 8:04 am

    At some point we need to take responsibility for our actions… Many of us have been in this fight too long and are tired of the BS excuses… that is why so many of us leave the hood the first chance we get. It is too hard and aggravating trying to help those who refuse to help themselves. The best we can do at this point is identify those who are willing to be lifted and help them get out.

  4. Peter D. Slaughter

    February 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    It’s real ironic how so many black people have bought the fish completely.
    All this killing,gun shooting,going to these slave updated private owned prison plantations is by design.
    Black’s have been set up to souled out.
    Gradual conditioning,braiwashing in full effect now.
    No,one man is coming in to give great sounding speech and then expect this type of ignorant slave violence to just stop.
    The obama are trying real hard to have some faith and belief that everything is going to be alright.
    Just like on the plantation long time ago.
    Begging,hoping and praying to ole slavemaster give
    us negra’s a break massa.
    We’s so tired of being abused and beat

  5. DAD

    February 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    African Americans especially need to chill regarding No-Backbone-Obama until he rapidly grows and shows one. For four years this man wouldn’t even utter the two words “African Americans” on camera or print record. Obama-man is literally forced to visit his hometown of Chicago to address youth violence there and finally does directly speak to poor black youth as a result of a black female high school honor student being killed and by virtue of both media articles and serious grumblings of not only blacks in Chicago’s poor African American communities but blacks nationwide regarding his total lack of attention given to black youth violence, among Black America’s other urgent issues, and black people are quick ready to jump happy? For African Americans to do so is entirely premature.

    Given the about time escalation of African Americans’ ability to finally see past Obama’s 2008 historic election, skin color, speeches, and campaign slogans realizing that the major and quite urgent immediate concerns, issues, and ills of Black America are absolutely not on Obama’s list of top priorities beyond lip service for re-election, based on clear evidence of Obama’s lack of any bold, tangible, and immediate actions to seriously address incredibly high and rising African American unemployment, poverty, youth violence, and rampant despair, apparently African Americans including black media nationwide are rightly resurrecting their backbones to seriously question and also confront Obama’s brazen neglect.

    Whether or not Obama’s problem regarding his refusal to address Black America’s urgent issues has been largely due to political pimp opportunism bait and switch or political timidness, the fact is Obama has the greatest opportunity of any black man ever in the history of America to extraordinarily change the negative, despairing, and destructive mind-set of under-educated poor and low-income black youth and adults nationwide, but he needs to realize and rapidly act on this opportunity foremost in conjunction with bold actions to urgently address African Americans’ economic and education issues.

    Obama more than any other black person in the history of America has the prime opportunity by virtue of his powerful two-fold position as the first African American POTUSs to do something extraordinary if he would but rapidly realize and fearlessly act on it. He has the opportunity not only to break-thru and change the negative, despairing, and destructive mind-set of uneducated poor and low-income African American youth and adults nationwide, but to also boldly demand, call upon, and lead bringing together all African Americans nationwide of all ages and occupations possessing education and economic stability together with African Americans without such to commit to proactively and effectively help Obama change negative mind-sets and despair, mentor, help educate, hire and uplift uneducated black youth and adults nationwide.

    Obama has the extraordinary opportunity to and can effectively bridge the education and economic class divisions between African Americans nationwide. Obama could indeed do far much more to visit, reach out to, and change the mind’s and heart’s of poor, uneducated, low-self esteemed, despairing, and violent black youth nationwide bringing to bear the strength together of all African Americans and even others if necessary. Were Obama’s mind, heart, and commitment determined to do so, such an endeavor would absolutely not be impossible, but instead doable and its great success would be historic.

    It’s definitely not rocket science. POTUSs Obama could pull it off and make it happen without negatively impeding his required time and attention needed to handle other top priorities. Not as Black America public relations ploy or dog / pony show, but as real and workable actions to achieve desired results. Given POTUS Obama’s wide support in America and elsewhere worldwide, therein is his available gold mine of
    available leadership, teams, time, money, and all other required resources to avoid total reliance, if any at all, on federal government funds.

    Off the top of my head I’ve thought of 30 actions Obama could take, but hey he’s got paid staff to think and brainstorm. Let’s see what, if anything, Obama and his so-called extremely “smart” / “bright” White House guys and girls can rapidly come up with that can and will be done by Obama to begin work on making an extraordinary difference of historic proportion.

    • James Alexander

      February 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      I didn’t bother to read your comment because the first sentence was bullshit so I just assumed the rest of it was just more of the the same. What a waste of time.

      • David2001

        February 18, 2013 at 11:03 am

        African Americans especially need to chill regarding No-Backbone-Obama until he rapidly grows and shows one.

        @James Alexander. I think he (DAD) hit the head on the nail with that comment. What’s bullsh*t are trolls like you who blindly support this president’s racial double standard.

        I lot of people noticed how he basically preached to blacks about gun violence but cried for the white victims of Sandy Hook. For those blacks on here commenting about black responsibility I agree but don’t whites a have any responsibility when they teach their children how to shoot guns?? Why wasn’t he blaming and preaching and talking about personal responsibility to them?? All NO-BACK BONE OBAMA did was regurgitate his infamous Father’s Day speech from 2008. He keeps acting like he is an example of a fatherless home. When he is a product of a worthless deadbeat white single mother who abandon him to his racist white grand parents. The person that abandoned him was his MOTHER who he can’t stop singing praises to. His father went back to Africa to raise his family there.

        This was a political speech. His “shout outs” to single mothers aka baby mommy’s doing a courageous job is a lie and laughable. The bad choices of not only black men but BLACK WOMEN is basically the problem in the black community. Obama wont say that because of the political backlash from black women. So he beats up on black men as the sole reason these problems exist. I’m counting the days down when NO BACK BONE OBAMA leaves office. We as black people will be better off for it!

        • James Alexander

          February 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

          @David, “Trolls”, ignorant ass n****rs like you make me sick. You don’t have enough common-sense to see things as they really are. You hang on to the words and thoughts of people more ignorant than yourself and you repeat them like you know something. I keep telling people that Obama is a President who happens to be Black and not a Black Civil Rights Leader. I certainly don’t expect you to understand the difference because you operate on the surface of life; meaning that you don’t have the capacity to look beneath that which is right in front of your face. It’s a condition quite common and usually associated with “educated fools”.

  6. radar-dreamer

    February 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    this is what happens when we have irresponsible parenting or no parenting at all as I have witnessed in some homes: Once I visited a woman I knew, her 3 yr old grand child was there. That child was the rudest, most disrespectful child I had ever seen and heard the worst of the problem is that not a single adult in that room except me cared to discipline her and there were 3 of us there. that child showed obvious signs of being a future inmate , the discipline I gave her was the most she ever received by anyone.

  7. Ruby from NJ

    February 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    “Obama must come home and deal with gun violence,” say Chicagoans. So the president comes to Chicago to talk about gun violence, and what do some people do? They continue the violence as if the president had never shown up. Still want to blame the president for the criminal actions of a few hardheads? He is doing what he can. Let’s give him some support.

    • James Alexander

      February 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      I hope everybody that was screaming for the President to come to Chicago is satisfied. A total waste of the Presidents time. The gun violence in Chicago and other cities isn’t going to stop until the spineless local leaders, officials and the police get involved and stop it.

  8. Ruby from NJ

    February 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    “Obama must come home and deal with gun violence,” say Chicagoans. So the president comes to Chicago to talk about gun violence, and what do some people do? They continue the violence as if the president had never shown up. Still want to blame the president for the criminal actions of a few hardheads? He is doing what he can. Let’s give him some support.

  9. marcus davis

    February 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    You know the solution,i think once you catch these gang banging punks just enlist their ass in the army and send them to the front line in iraq or some where ,they,ll get a whole lot of gun practice out there.

    • Ruby from NJ

      February 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Actually, marcus davis, your idea has been suggested for years, but the experts in criminal behavior say it would not work because the criminals would not take or follow orders, and a lot of time would be spent in disciplining them. There is a great chance that they would go AWOL. Basically, they would be too much trouble. A training program which would require the criminals to learn and earn GEDs, or lose privileges might help. The experts say one-half or more of inmates cannot read. With the ability to read and a GED many of them might be able to find jobs. People are asking employers to hire certain ex-cons. If they have paid their debt to society, they should have a chance to work.

  10. R

    February 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    The President can only do so much about the killing in Chicago. It’s left up,the the people in the community to stop it. Change must come. This to shall past.

  11. Kerri

    February 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Please tell me how gun control has helped Chicago. That’s right. It hasn’t. And it won’t. Making drugs illegal didn’t stop them either.