Obama support for gun control has roots in Ill.
CHICAGO – President Barack Obama’s support for gun control has its roots in a hometown plagued by deadly shootings – a city, he said Friday, where as many children die from guns every four months as were slaughtered at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut.
Obama told a Chicago audience that high-profile mass shootings are one part of a national tragedy created not just by guns but by communities where there is too little hope. As a result, he said, “too many of our children are being taking away from us.”
It was an emotional return to a city whose recent shooting victims have included Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old drum majorette gunned down a mile from Obama’s Chicago home just days after she performed at the president’s inauguration in Washington. Standing before Hyde Park Academy students in their navy uniform shirts, the president said 65 children were killed by gun violence last year in Chicago. “That’s the equivalent of a Newtown every four months,” Obama said. Twenty children were among the dead in the Newtown massacre.
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