Demand A Plan: Hadiya Pendleton’s Mother Urges Congress To Take Gun Control Seriously In Heartfelt Commercial

February 19, 2013  |  

Source: WENN

Just one week following the arrest of her daughter’s alleged killers, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton is speaking out, in hopes of sparing other mothers from the heartache that she was forced to endure as a result of the senseless murder of her daughter. In an ad paid for by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Cleopatra tells the story of her daughter Hadiya, who had her entire life to look forward to, unfortunately, that life was cut short as a result of senseless gun violence.

The ad displays footage of Hadiya at President Obama’s inaugural parade, just one week prior to her untimely death. Cleopatra expresses how happy partaking in the inaugurual festivities made Hadiya, describing it as “the happiest day of her life.” In the thirty-second ad, Pendleton goes on to urge congress to implement laws that would assist in keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, such as background checks on gun sales. The ad also provides a phone number in which people can call and request that congress support these reforms.

Hadiya’s mother is undeniably strong. It hasn’t even been a full month since her daughter’s death and she’s already putting forth efforts that could possibly prevent other moms from experiencing similar tragedies. Hopefully this situation will help raise awareness that if something is not done soon, the senseless killing of innocent children will only continue.

Watch the “Demand A Plan” ad on the next page. Do you think Cleopatra speaking out will have an impact? 

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  • Me

    To me the question is more why are they so bold in Chicago? Who is running that city? Seems like the criminals just do whatever they want, when they want.

  • Charla

    It’s really not about gun control for places like Chicago. These criminals aren’t buying guns from gun shops. They need to address the reckless behavior of the people their and why so many of them think violence is ok. They need to strengthen families and aim for two parent households and better the education system and create more jobs for people.

  • anon

    A major component is the culture the type of people responsible for these type killings adhere to. We need to go out and try to re-shape the media message directed and the poor, young and/or uneducated.

    Then there is the education component: the things they need to know and be aware of outside of what public and/or mainstream curriculum offers. Things that mostly impact their sub-demographic compared to others within their race, or other minority sub-demographics. They need a thorough history lesson about the collective history of black peoples in this country, their state and their city. then, they need to be taught about civil rights and cointelpro and the illegal import of drugs and arms into our communities, stemming from the 70s, initiated by those who did not mean us well…

    then there needs to be a way for them to receive ‘proper’ non-white-washed education, or remedial education, that is not demeaning and that will capture their full potential…

    the government will not, and shouldn’t, do something like that. We, as a community need to pull our resources together to lift this cultural/social/socioeconomic curtain of death off of us.

    • Kenedy

      I agree…except the part where you say the government shouldn’t have a part in effecting the change…they actually should be the catalyst of these changes through public policies….there is no way we as a community can pull this off without government intervention….i really don’t have that much faith in humanity

  • Reese

    I really don’t know the answer to preventing or reducing gun violence. Because even if they put more stringent gun laws into effect criminals would still be able to get their hands on guns. Hadiya’s family are in my prayers and so are the families of other people who’s families members lives were cut short due to senseless violence.