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It was just this past January that 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a high school sophomore who performed at President Obama’s inaugural parade this year as part of her school’s drill team, was gunned down at a park. After school was let out early at King College Prep for finals, Pendleton and a few of her friends went to a nearby park to hang out, and since it was raining, they all sought shelter under a canopy/gazebo. Soon after, a young man ran toward the group and fired a gun at them (a few of the young men at the park were gang members), accidentally shooting Pendleton and injuring a few other students in the process. Since such a tragedy, Pendleton’s story made national news, with Michelle Obama attending her funeral in Chicago, and her story being used in the fight to have stricter gun legislation. On top of that, Pendleton’s mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton has fought tirelessly to see gun laws changed so that other families won’t have to go through what she has had to. She spoke recently to MSNBC during an anti-gun violence summit in Chicago last Friday about another family who has dealt with a major tragedy due to gun violence, Trayvon Martin’s family, and why their loss (and the lack of justice from it) has made her worry about her own son, her last remaining child, especially in Chicago:
“I have a son that I am raising in this environment, under these circumstances. So now I have a youth that is not at risk because I’m raising him with certain value systems, but he is at risk of being viewed a certain kind of way.
I have to do things and be boisterous to protect him before he gets to where he’s going to go independently, walking down a street on his own with certain privileges and being misidentified as someone else. Right now he’s 11. The Martins have already suffered and that’s an awareness for the rest of us.”
She also talked about all the work she’s doing to stop illegal guns from hitting the streets and to reduce gun violence, saying “This is my life right now. I’m tired. But I’m stepping up to the cause and I won’t stop until these gun laws are changed.”
Check out her interview where she talks about her worries below:
A new poll shows that Americans have grown sick and tired of Congress’ antics. As MN reported on Monday, student loan interest rates have nearly doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent after Congress failed to reach a decision to keep the current rates. In pulling such an irresponsible move, it’s no wonder that Congress’ popularity as reached a historic low of 10 percent, reports MSNBC.
A recent poll was conducted by Gallup to discover, out of 16 institutions, which one Americans approved the most. Congress fell flat with only a 10 percent approval rating; this is down three percentage points from last year. The military, small businesses and the police garnered the highest ratings of confidence from the public.
With unpopular decisions on gun control, background checks, and raising the minimum wage, Congress is completely out of sync with American opinion. Fifty-seven percent of Americans want a ban on assault weapons, but Congress is not on the same page. A whopping 91 percent of Americans favored a universal background check, but the House and Senate could not come to an agreement. About 71 percent of the public wants the minimum wage raised to $9 an hour, but Congress and the American public could not see eye-to-eye.
Previously, when either Republicans or Democrats had a greater grip in the legislative branch, members of that party would “express greater confidence” in Congress, says US News. For instance, in the early 2000s, Republicans controlled the House and the Senate, so, of course, Republican voters approved of Congress more than Democrats In 2007, Democrats favored Congress when they regained control. Now, the survey shows a rare time in which all parties, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, are united in their disapproval in Congress’ performance this year.
The Washington Post adds that “just 12 percent of Democrats, 11 percent of Republicans and 10 percent of political independents hold confidence in Congress—a near tie.”
Since 1973, Gallup has been recording Congressional approval ratings. It was only in 1986 that Congress reached its highest approval rating at 41 percent when Ronald Reagan was president, the Post adds.
In a comical national poll released earlier this year, Americans preferred lice (67 percent) over Congress (19 percent) and root canals (56 percent) over than Washington (32 percent).
NRA Tells African Americans They Need Guns To Protect Themselves From “Sociopaths,” “Culture,” Others
Former State Rep Robin Kelly Easily Wins Chicago Democratic Primary In Bid For Jackson’s Congressional Seat
Jessie Jackson Jr.’s time in Congress has been filled with highs, lows, and shocking revelations. So now all eyes are on Robin Kelly, who easily won the Democratic primary to replace in Illinois’s 2nd Congressional District.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the former state representative easily won the special Democratic primary Tuesday night. Her race was helped by millions of dollars in pro-gun control ads from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political fund. Kelly has been very outspoken for the need for gun control.
“You sent a message that was heard around our state and across the nation. A message that tells the NRA that their days of holding our country hostage are coming to an end,” Kelly told supporters in a Matteson hotel ballroom. “To every leader in the fight for gun control ready to work with President (Barack) Obama and [Chicago] Mayor (Rahm) Emanuel to stop this senseless violence, thank you for your leadership and thank you for your courage.”
According to the newspaper, Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC was the largest campaign interest in the race. It dominated the Chicago broadcast TV airwaves.
And even though turnout was low due to a snowstorm and lack of voter interest, Kelly easily won with 52 percent to 25 percent for former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson and 11 percent for Chicago 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale with 99 percent of precincts counted.
Next, Kelly will go head to head with the winner of the Republican primary in an April 9 special general election in the heavily Democratic district. On the GOP side, fewer than 25 votes separated Paul McKinley, who has a criminal past, and businessman Eric Wallace. The unofficial vote leader was McKinley, 54, who was arrested 11 times between 2003 and 2007, mostly for protesting. Almost all of the charges dropped. “In the 1970s and ’80s, McKinley was convicted of six felony counts, serving nearly 20 years in prison for burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery,” writes The Tribune.
Demand A Plan: Hadiya Pendleton’s Mother Urges Congress To Take Gun Control Seriously In Heartfelt Commercial
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?
President Obama’s Gun Proposal Includes Background Checks On All Sales; Gun Stocks Leap After Announcement
Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. But to go so far as to make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.We couldn’t agree more. Carney and the White House weren’t the only ones with a strong negative reaction. If you care to see it, it’s after the jump. The NRA also recently released a target practice game that came under fire. Unbelievable. Following today’s press conference, stocks for “gun-related companies” as USA Today calls them, jumped more than five percent across the board. To watch the entire press conference (it’s about 26 minutes), click here.