Gun Control Alone Isnt Enough to Halt Violence, Obama Says in Chicago

By Feldmann, Linda | The Christian Science Monitor, February 15, 2013 | Go to article overview

Gun Control Alone Isnt Enough to Halt Violence, Obama Says in Chicago


Feldmann, Linda, The Christian Science Monitor


On paper, President Obamas trip to Chicago Friday was just the last stop on his post-State of the Union tour, focused on strengthening the economy and building up the middle class.

But the reality was much more.

It was a homecoming to a neighborhood Mr. Obama used to represent as a state legislator, in a city wracked by gun violence. And it was personal in a different way, as he dispensed fatherly advice to the schoolmates of Hadiya Pendleton, the honor student at Hyde Park Academy who was shot and killed last month not far from Obamas house.

In his remarks, Obama linked the cycles of violence to the lack of strong role models and economic opportunity.

This is not just a gun issue, he said, speaking to students, teachers, and community members at Hyde Park Academy on Chicagos South Side. It's also an issue of the kinds of communities that we're building.

The president called for improvements in public safety, school reform, tax breaks to promote hiring, and the replacement of run- down public housing. He also repeated his call from the State of the Union to boost the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour and establish universal access to public pre-kindergarten.

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And he called on Congress to pass gun control legislation, in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre in December. But on the issue of guns, he added that theres only so much government can do.

When a child opens fire on another child, there is a hole in that child's heart that government can't fill. Only community and parents and teachers and clergy can fill that hole, Obama said.

In too many neighborhoods today, whether here in Chicago or the farthest reaches of rural America, it can feel like, for a lot of young people, the future only extends to the next street corner or the outskirts of town, that no matter how much you work or how hard you try, your destiny was determined the moment you were born.

Obama also got personal, addressing some of the male students in the hall with whom he had just met privately before his speech.

Stand up, yall, so we can all see you guys, Obama said, adding that he was proud of them for their participation in a youth anti- violence program at the school, because some had issues.

That's part of the reason why you guys are in the program, the president said to laughter. …

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