All through the afternoon Tuesday, Kimberly Common stood crying near the body of her oldest son Devin, the second son to be lost to gun violence in a little more than a year. "It´s in my face, it´s all over," Common said of her pain. Another son Antonio had been shot and killed in October 2011, and Common said she was still reeling from that loss when she heard Devin was one of three men shot in the 7500 block of South Champlain Avenue around noon Tuesday. "I´m not even healed from that," she said, tears streaming down her face.
A disaster for her and her murdered son, and we grieve for her. No mother should have her son murdered. And that is the reality. Her son was "murdered" by an evil human being. Her son was not "lost to gun violence" as one might be "lost" (i.e. killed impersonally) by a fire or earthquake. There is no such entity as "gun violence". There is however "murder by an evil human being" who must be apprehended and locked away or executed, so that no other mothers (or fathers) will experience the agony of a murdered son/daughter.
Indeed, a terrible tragedy compounded. I can only imagine the paths out of Chicago would be a tough move for most people, so lord knows - there are no shortage of souls trapped in that concrete hell-hole...with, as I understand it - some of the toughest ´gun laws´ in the US.
Apparently gun laws have little effect on gang culture, seemingly the biggest ´factor´ in Chicago violence. Go figure.
I used to be a Chicago Police officer in the Grand Crossing (3rd) District and I can tell you that it´s a hellhole there. Our District station was fired on once as well as my patrol car just riding down the street. On New Year´s Eve at Midnight, we were told not to walk passed any windows in the station for fear of being shot.
While no doubt many in Chicago and elsewhere are gunned down because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, many of these yewts are gangbanging thugs whom mommy has failed to pay much attention to.
I´d move heaven and earth to get my family to a safer location, no matter the price I had to pay, if it meant taking them out of harm´s way.
Is this tragic? Certainly! But on more than the level of a mom suffered the loss of two children. Will she stick around there to let more of her kids get killed?
I´m sick of the politicians, "reverends" and media in this town acting like murder is a freak of nature, that the people in the neighborhoods are blameless. We all know why hicago is one of the deadliest cities in this nation no one is willing to admit it.
Maybe this victim was blameless, maybe. But the majority of those killed last year were affiliated with gangs. And I´d bet that majority of the victims and shooters were raised by single moms, never knowing their pops.
No one cares about Chicago. Over 500 murders last year and no politician cared.
That´s because they couldn´t exploit it like Newtown. The body count is only relevant if it can be exploited!
As for the residents of Chicago, even if the Mom´s are on top of their kids, the lure of the gangs, money, women and drugs trumps the mom, except in very few cases. As odd as it sounds, moving is not an option due to expense, family responsibilities, or just plain fear.
If they move from Chicago, they may end up in DC, Baltimore, Atlanta, or Newark. None of them are any better.
Condolences to any and all who have lost someone to senseless violence. Now, that aside, people of chicago and other places of excessive violence need to look in the mirror and ask what are they going to do about it? You know banning guns won´t do it. How about starting with all the liberal politicians who have done nothing for years. Throw them all out and look for decent, honest, god-fearing people who really care about all life (including the unborn and the old). Hold all politicians accountable for all their indiscretions and throw them out if they lie,cheat, steal, and look only to demonize and get re-elected. Start by holding them responsible and things will improve. They need to work for you, not party or ideology. Start by getting Rahm´s out of your cities.
This raises a few questions, where was the boys father? There is no mention of him. Knowing they were living in a free fire zone of a gang ridden neighborhood, why did the family continue to live there? Were the two boys themselves gang members or associates? These people in Chicago have the government they voted for, so they should not complain.
Now that you´re alone again, Ms.Common, I have some advice for you. Do the following in this exact order: 1. Find a man. 2. Observe him closely for a minimum of two years (absolutely no hanky-panky). 3. Marry him. 4. Make sure he can provide all the money that your family will need for 40 years. 5. Have babies. 6. Stay home an take care of them. 7. Make sure that the husband/father takes his kids to lots of ball games and buys them hot dogs.
Who in their right mind would name their daughter Jermaka? Who on this site believes the lad was going to the store to buy coffee? Why is it that so many baby mommas are willing to reap the benefits of their chillun who are gangbangers, drug dealers, and/ or thieves?
My guess is that Momma and sister are on the dole, so moving from Chicago, or at least from that dangerous neighborhood, would not mean the loss of a high paying job. They can get their free goodies anywhere!
The price of membership to many gangs is to kill somebody - anybody. These kids could have just as well been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Anytime you see one of those animals with a teardrop tattooed under his eye you know he has paid that price. This country is now infested with their type. The best thing to do is to move your family to the country and stay out of the urban zoos that the government has created.
Either Chicago has no gun laws (it does), or gun-related violence are not positively correlated with the absence of gun laws. So, why take away guns from legal owners when the mass shootings are happening in "gun-free" zones? If the argument is that the guns come in from outside gun-free zones, making the whole US gun-free won´t change anything because Mexican and Canadian guns would still sneak across.
Besides, the most heinous bloodletting has always been perpetrated by governments with concentrated power (cf. Mao´s China, Hitler´s Nazi Germany and Stalin´s Soviet Russia), not by individuals bent on evil. Obama wants all the guns to be kept by the the police (and not the military - otherwise Fort Hood´s soldiers would have stopped the carnage instantly). I think Obama is a cold-hearted person who would potentially dwarf Mao, Stalin and Hitler in barbarism if he did wield absolute power.
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