It's a valid question. Black children continue to be gunned down on the streets and in their neighborhoods at alarming rates. As a group, African-Americans have pretty much remained silent in the gun debate. Our silence continues to be pierced by the sound of bullets ringing through our neighborhood and parents crying over dead children.
What if inner city parents, as a group, decided we are going to arm ourselves, so that we can begin to protect our children from neighborhood thugs. Imagine the gunfire that would ring out in inner city neighborhoods. Would rural gun lovers welcome the inner city to their special little fight for 2nd Amendment rights; would the push for concealed carry continue to be so strong; would the NRA stand firm with us?
Friend of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton: I don’t know how to cope
Friends who witnessed the random gunning down of a 15-year-old Chicago girl less than a week after she performed at President Obama’s inauguration continue to grapple with the senseless loss of the prep school honors student.
“She was honestly like the happiest person I know and I don’t know, like, how to cope with this because it shouldn’t have been her,” an emotional Klyn Jones said of her friend, Hadiya Pendleton. “It shouldn’t have been anyone but especially not her.”
Pendleton was killed Tuesday afternoon in a quiet south-side neighborhood less than a mile from Obama’s Chicago home. She was huddling with Jones and other friends under a canopy to escape the rain when an unidentified gunman came at them, opened fire, and then escaped the scene in a car.
“We were all running because we heard the gunshots and then she stopped and she was like, ‘I think I got shot.’ And I was like, ‘Hadiya, please stop joking,’” Jones said. “She was like, ‘No seriously, Klyn, I think I got shot’ and she just fell. And then time just like started moving in slow motion.” SourceRelated article: Blacks need to participate in the gun debate