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Duncan, Holder in Chicago on youth violence urged by Brady Campaign to fight illegal guns

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WASHINGTON--In the wake of the beating death of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert--by at least four youths-- Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder are in Chicago Wednesday to meet with Mayor Daley, students, teachers and other local officials. (See previous posts)

Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released
the following statement in advance of the Holder and Duncan visit, asking that a spotlight be put on the role of guns and youth violence.

"The youth violence problem in Chicago is a gun violence problem. Illegal guns are being trafficked into Chicago and then used to kill school-aged children.

"The Obama Administration has done almost nothing to address this so far. Three years ago, in the wake of the Nickel Mines shooting of five Amish school girls, George W. Bush managed to hold a 'Conference on School Safety' without even saying the word 'gun,''' said Helmke.

"During their visit to Chicago, I look forward to Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder offering specific solutions about how the Obama Administration will help keep guns away from children, illegal gun traffickers and dangerous people."

below, from Brady campaign...

SECRETARY DUNCAN, ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER
TALK TO CHICAGO ABOUT YOUTH VIOLENCE:
WILL THEY SAY THE "G" WORD?

Washington, DC - In the wake of a recent high-profile beating death of a
Chicago Public School student, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder are expected in Chicago tomorrow to talk about
"youth violence."

Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released
the following statement:

"The youth violence problem in Chicago is a gun violence problem.
Illegal guns are being trafficked into Chicago and then used to kill school-aged
children. The Obama Administration has done almost nothing to address this so
far. Three years ago, in the wake of the Nickel Mines shooting of five Amish
school girls, George W. Bush managed to hold a 'Conference on School Safety'
without even saying the word 'gun.'

"During their visit to Chicago, I look forward to Secretary Duncan
and Attorney General Holder offering specific solutions about how the Obama
Administration will help keep guns away from children, illegal gun traffickers
and dangerous people."

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Resources:

· According to the Associated Press: "Before 2006, an average of 10-15
students [in Chicago] were fatally shot each year. That climbed to 24 fatal
shootings in the 2006-07 school year, 23 deaths and 211 shootings in the 2007-08
school year and 34 deaths and 290 shootings last school year."

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CHICAGO_BEATING_DEATH?SITE=OHCAM&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

· According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab: "A total of 510 people
were murdered in Chicago during 2008. Eighty percent of these victims were
killed by gunfire. Nearly half were between the ages of 10 and 25, and the vast
majority were male."

http://crimelab.uchicago.edu/gun_violence/report.shtml

As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight
to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of
Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws,
regulations and public policies. The Brady Campaign is devoted to creating an
America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school,
at work, and in our communities.

12 Comments

The Brady Campaign should be campaigning against illegal wooden 2x4's near a school campus. We already have the strictest gun ban in the nation and it hasn't stopped us from leading the country in homicides! Guns don't kill people...criminals kill people with whatever weapon they can get there hands on!

GUNS DO KILL PEOPLE IN URBAN AMERICA, WE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT THE DEER HUNTER, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE STREET SWEEPER AND HIS BUDDIES, GUNS ARE WIPING OUT FAMILIES IN URBAN AMERICA!

You're right, CA, but innocent people don't get killed by "stray" 2x4's.

Lynn, Nice of you to give free advertising and promotion of the ideas and word-associations coming out of the Brady Campaign. Where is your coverage of the ISRA's stance and opinion (815 635-3198) on just what constitutes an 'illegal gun' and that there are already dozens of anti-violence laws on the books in Illinois? Interesting that Holder's and Duncan's remarks today Oct 07 in Chicago also reveal carefully orated prose that avoided using the words GUN or FIREARM. Mmmm just like Bush did. Why? Because they (and we all) know that guns aren't the cause of the problem.

But then in summation of the press comments (and to get-in his Brady anti-gun sound byte) we see and hear Daley's praise of more knee-jerk, feel-good 'effective gun legislation, in order to protect the children'. He really doesn't get it. Open your Meiggs Casino, Mayor, and provide jobs to your people - ya' know, like working on the cause of the problem... Oh yeah and lowering taxes too, or would you prefer more businesses move to neighboring states?

Poverty is the problem.

Poverty that has captured generations of people in a cycle of dependence on drugs, violence, and government handouts.

The political elite focus on gun violence because that is an easy target.

They dare not try fixing the root causes because it is too doggone hard.

where is it written a gun was used in the Fenger incident?? I only hear a 2x4 was used. "youth violence" includes everything from guns, bats, knives, cars, rocks, pipes, 2x4's, and beatings. it's a good idea to encompass it all. now we have to figure out how to ban them, just like banning guns in chicago is a good idea. the Brady Campaign should have said something when VP Cheney shot a guy while he was duck hunting?? why now?? when they have no valid reason to since this was a beating??

I guess the anti-handgun law of 1982 is NOT working?? The only ones that is hurting is the law abiding citizens who want to protect themselves and their families!!!!The thugs have been getting the guns anyway!!!!!

The Education Secretary come to Chicago to discuss youth violence after a child is beaten to death and go on the attack about guns? This now seems like the political stage they were looking for to start their anti gun crusade. All in perfect timing with the 2nd amendment case being heard by the Supreme Court. How many times do these people have to learn that there is no such thing as "gun violence". People are violent. And this Chicago beating case proves that savages don't need guns to kill people. Maybe if a bystander was armed they could have stopped the beating at Fenger.

"You're right, CA, but innocent people don't get killed by "stray" 2x4's."

Always read the things you post before you hit that "send" button. You do realize the whole point of this official visit was to address the death of Derrion Albert, who was by all accounts an innocent person completely uninvolved in the gang combat going on but still got killed despite your glib joking about stray boards?

Again, it's not about the 2x4. It's not about the gun. It's about the gangster, the robber, the rapist, the bully, and the scared kid and the violence they all use to fight each other--and the rest of us--on city streets. You are wasting your time and everyone else's trying to decide which murder weapon you prefer to be murdered with.

No Nathan, it isnt that it is hard, it is because they make so much money off of crime. How else would they get all the government grants, monies and police funding if they didnt have a "problem"?

Good example, the Brady Background Check. How many jobs and bueracracy was created by this monstrosity of a failed gun law?

See http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/html/bcft/2008/bcft08st.pdf which identifies since 1994 over 99 million checks and 1.67 million valid rejections for felons and mentally ill. Felons comprised 58% of the total rejections, but since 1994, the number of felons attempting to buy at a legal source has dropped 68%.

Combined with the USDOJ 1997 survey on where felons purchased their firearms, 80% street buys, 12% retail stores, 2% gun shows, that 68% reduction means that up to another 10% of those felons buy from street buys.

That is because since 2000-2008 the authorities only prosecuted 13,024 of those slam dunk prosecutions, 933,000 plus felons or at a .79% (less than 1% clip). Yep, amazing how many jobs are tied in with this oh so ineffective gun control law that only shifts the habits of felons to buy up to 90% of their firearms from street buys. It doesnt prevent anything, yet all those associated jobs of prosecutions, lawyers, and government buearacracy isnt job security in the least. Anyone here have an estimate of what the legal system, police, DEA, FBI, Homeland Security, bail bondsmen, jails, prisons, court fines and fee's are geneated into the governments financial accounts? Must be Billions of dollars!

They dont want to stop violent crime, it doesnt suit their purpose, much less pay!

NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS ARE THE ANSWER, STOP SHIPPING CHILDREN OFF TO SCHOOLS IN OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS, IF YOU LIVE IN ONE AREA YOU SHOULD GO TO SCHOOL IN THAT AREA UNLESS YOU GO TO A MAGNET SCHOOL OR PRIVATE SCHOOL, DON'T SHIP YOUNGSTERS TO SCHOOLS THAT THE CLIMATE ISN'T CONDUCIVE TO LEARNING, HOW CAN YOU LEARN, WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE IN A WAR ZONE ALL DAY LONG!
STOP TRYING TO REINVENT THE WHEEL!

Hey Duncan & Holder!
Sic semper tyrannis!
Yes, I do understand and support the historical significance of those words.

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