At least 47 school-age children in Chicago have been killed in homicides, mostly by guns, since the month President Barack Obama took office.
The latest youth homicide in his adopted hometown was different only in that the attackers used splintered railroad ties and were captured on video broadcast globally.
Some gun-control advocates question the administrationâ??s timing as Duncan and Holder arrive after a highly publicized beating that didnâ??t involve a gun.
The incident happened less than five miles from a church where Obama gave a sermon in July 2007 challenging the government, the gun lobby and the public to stop gun violence.
â??Our playgrounds have become battlegrounds,â?? he told a standing-room congregation. â??Our streets have become cemeteries. Our schools have become places to mourn the ones weâ??ve lost. The violence is unacceptable.â??
Obama at the time called for better enforcement of existing gun laws, tighter background checks on gun buyers and a permanent assault-weapons ban.
Emphasis mine on the last quoted sentence… 1 for 3 IMO. Obama still doesn’t get it. Sure, enforce existing laws. Good start. We already have very stringent background checks. Fail. Assault weapons ban? A negligent amount of crime happens with so-called “assault weapons”-- this is rhetoric and ignorance.