From Friday afternoon to Monday morning of Father’s Day weekend, 59 people were shot in the city of Chicago. Of those, 13 were killed. The Chicago Tribune reports that one of the victims was a 3-year-old boy, strapped into his carseat when someone opened fire on the car. According to authorities, he is in critical condition.
Violence—particularly gun violence—is a major problem in the city and its surrounding neighborhoods. In 2016 alone, there have been more than 300 violent homicides. In that same time period nearly 1,800 have been shot. Discuss
NBA superstars Steph Curry, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony star in a new ad, speaking out against gun violence in America. In the 30 second spot—which will air on TV during the NBA Christmas day games—the athletes are featured alongside actual victims of gun violence, in what The New York Timeshas called “a move with little precedent in professional sports.” The ad was made in a partnership between the NBA and the organization Everytown for Gun Safety.
Though the organization is involved in political advocacy, the NBA said that the league does not have a political agenda. Their chief spokesperson told NYT, “The public service announcement airing during our Christmas Day games highlights victims’ and a few of our players’ experiences with gun violence and is solely intended to raise awareness about the issue of personal safety in our communities." Discuss
Officials at the University of Chicago have shut down the school’s campus in Hyde Park after they received a message that said there would be a shooting at the school today. The FBI told the school that the threat even named a specific time and place on campus. In a statement, school administrators said, “Based on the FBI's assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday.” Discuss
Following the tragic shooting at an Oregon college yesterday that left 10 people dead, President Obama addressed gun violence in America. During the speech (which you can watch below), he said, “America will wrap everyone who’s grieving with our prayers and our love,” but added, “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel. And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America—next week, or a couple of months from now."
As he as done following other mass shootings, President Obama said that in order to address on-going gun violence, the nation must implement more effective gun safety laws.
When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer. When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we make communities safer. When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto fatalities. We have seatbelt laws because we know it saves lives. So the notion that gun violence is somehow different, that our freedom and our Constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon, when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the country who could hunt and protect their families and do everything they do under such regulations doesn’t make sense.
He also asked media outlets to publish information on how gun violence in America differs from other developed countries. As we recently showed in this info graph, the United States has far more deaths from guns than most other developed countries. Discuss