President Barack Obama is using his White House bully pulpit to speak out against gun violence in America – particularly in black neighborhoods where more young black men are gunning down each other in the time it takes to blink.

As the black body count continues to rise in cities like Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis, Obama is correctly using his second term in office to confront a crisis in the black community where black gang members show absolutely no remorse after pulling a trigger and taking a life.

The black community needs the president’s voice — and leadership.

“We can’t rest until all our children can go to school or walk down the street free from the fear they’ll be struck down by a bullet,” Obama said Saturday night during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Earlier this year, in the president’s State of the Union address, Obama moved shined a bright light on urban gun violence in America which has been neglected by Capitol Hill legislators for decades. Much of mainstream society has ignored crime in inner cities, and, let’s be honest, some black folks generally don’t like to discuss the root causes of gun violence in urban America.

“Just two days ago, 13 people were shot during a pickup basketball game in Chicago – including a 3-year-old girl,” said Obama, who calls Chicago home.

Obama knows the sobering statistics: There are about 310 million guns in America and about 40% of households have guns. The overall number of guns in America’s households has increased to about one gun per person, up from one gun for every two persons in the 1960s. Sadly, America has the highest rate of gun ownership of any country in the world.

And this is why Obama, correctly, wants a strict gun control law. But he can’t move forward with Republicans blocking the president at every turn.

“We fought the good fight earlier this year,” Obama said about his push for gun control legislation. “And we came up short.”

Meanwhile, there have been 32 gun homicides per day, every day for the past ten years, according to statistics. That is about 60 times the rate of U.S. military deaths in wars over the past 10 years, and more than 3 times the average of all murders in most developing nations.

“As long as there are those who fight to make it as easy as possible for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun, we can’t rest – for the sake of our children, we must be the ones who do the responsible work of making it harder,” Obama said.

In February, Obama traveled to the South Side of Chicago and spoke to 16 black male students who are growing up poor, troubled, and some without fathers in their lives.

The students, who attend Hyde Park Academy High School, are part of an anti-youth violence program called “Becoming A Man” (B.A.M.) that teaches at-risk students about violence prevention, accountability, self-determination, positive anger expression and respect for women.

On the issue of gun control, Obama has been consistent throughout the year. And he has forcefully spoken out about the toll gun violence is taking on black communities across this county.

The president is right when he says America needs tougher gun control laws, but we must also ask ourselves why more young black men are finding it so easy to point a gun, pull a trigger, and commit murder on the streets of their own neighborhoods.

When did black life become so cheap? And when will the violence end?

9 thoughts on “Black Community Needs Obama’s Voice on Urban Gun Violence

  1. If hoodlums haven’t listened to the voice of reason from their Parent(s), cops, community leaders, etc. by now….what in the H makes people think they will listen to President Obama. I’m so tired of people thinking that President Obama is supposed to save the black community (and I use the term black community loosely…because by no means do all people in the quote unquote black community act the same). Thugs don’t use reason, and couldn’t care less what’s right, or ethical. WHY NOT LOOK TO THE BLACK CHURCH TO DO SOMETHING??????…since so many people in the black community are so religious, and always talking about god is good. People/community leaders/local church ministers can handle this better than anyone else…IF ONLY THEY WOULD STEP UP AND DO SO

  2. why does the black community always need a popular voice instead of common sence ? park loaded with innocent kids and people of all ages , and some animal decides to shoot it up ? what kind of people are these ? thats why white people do not want to live with black people .

  3. The article ended with the lead sentence. The question should not be about gun laws in the U.S. as much as it should address the need for intervention on gun violence in Black communities. Although I’m not a fan of gun ownership or use, I do believe the second amendment gives citizens the right to own them and statistics indicate that the majority of legal gun owners in this country are not criminals. So what do you do with that?

  4. Pookie on said:

    In NYC, guns are banned. That’s why this brave rice rocket riding pack of negroes harassed and attacked an Asian man, his wife, and their 2 year old child. They surrounded him, brake checked him (intentionally down shifted to cause a collision), attacked his vehicle, slashed his tires, then pulled him out of the vehicle, cut him and beat him. Of course, had he shot a couple of them, there would be shrieks of “RACISM!” for these poor motorcycle riding negroes who did nothing wrong but try to enjoy an innocent gang rice rocket ride. Ever hear of packs of brave negroes doing this down South or out West? Of course not. That’s because they like to gang pack attack the most vulnerable. Where I live they’d get gunned down, which is what they deserve. You all know had this been a bunch of whites and a black family it would be all over the news and the leftists would be shrieking “RACISM!” and blacks would be outraged. Where is the outrage now? That’s the black problem. Out of control and blaming everyone else.

  5. When did black life become so cheap? When thug life became glamorized. When our young women and girls no longer minded being objectified in videos and movies and in real life. Black life dropped in value when people started using Jay Z, Tupac and Lil Wayne and Nicky Minaj as role models and examples of how to make it life. And most important of all, it became almost worthless when the elders in our communities started to behave just like the kids they should have been trying to save.

  6. How do you stop the flow of gun traffic in those neighborhoods? I would really like to see a special on the parents of these gangbangers. How are they allowed to live under their roofs?

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