The country cried after learning about the devastating shooting massacre on Dec. 14, 2012 that left 20 school children and six adults dead in Newton, Ct. An emotionally distraught President Obama addressed the country in a press conference while fighting back tears.
The president later used the tragedy to call for gun reform in the country.
“As a country we have been through this too many times,” Obama said. “Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown or a shopping mall in Oregon or a temple in Wisconsin or a movie theater in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children.”
Though the president mentioned Chicago in his press conference, many are wondering why it has taken the president so long to address the growing homicide rate in the Windy City.
Chicago has surpassed 500 murders in 2012. On Memorial Day weekend in the city, 41 people were injured and 10 people murdered by gunfire, according to NBC. There was no press conference or a statement made by the President.
Many are asking where are the President’s tears for the black and Latino babies dying daily in the Windy city.
Civil Rights Leader Jesse Jackson took to Twitter to call for the President to tackle the “complex” issue gripping the city of Chicago.
“I’m so glad the president spoke out about Newtown. But Chicago is much more complex. 175 under 18 killed this year as of last night in Chi,” he wrote.
“Ignorance, hopelessness and guns are all factors in this war in Chicago. But we don’t make it sell guns in Chicago,” he wrote.
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