“Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun,” Obama said. “Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.”
Chicago’s homicide rate skyrocketed to 500 last year for the first time since 2008. The crime wave is spiraling out of control so fast that some law enforcers claim that Americans have a greater chance of being killed in Chicago than U.S. troops do in Afghanistan.
Some black civil rights activists have urged Obama to speak out about the rising homicides in urban centers like Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee. Twelve people have already been murdered in Chicago this year, which could put Chicago on pace for more homicides in one year since 1977.
It’s mostly gang violence in Chicago – and its black men pulling the triggers.
And while Chicago police say they have already confiscated 180 guns so far in 2013, Obama wants even stricter gun control laws.
“Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country,” Obama said. “Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight.”
“But we were never sent here to be perfect,” the president added. “We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the same way they look out for one another, every single day, usually without fanfare, all across this country.”
The president is challenging Congress to enact tougher gun control legislation and I’m pleased that Obama emphasized his concern about urban gun violence and his sorrow for a black family in his address to the nation.