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    Posted July 9, 2014 by
    Charlotte, North Carolina
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    Guns and children

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    Welcome To Chiraq: 82 shot, 14 killed

    Over the holiday weekend, starting on Thursday, 82 people were shot and 14 were murdered. Of the combined total of victims, 7 were shot and 2 were killed by the Chicago Police Department. The victims’ ages ranged from 14-66 years old. This time last year, Chicago police reported 833 shooting incidents and this year, 880! Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s response: “The solution does not just include policing – although we’ll continue to look for ways to put more police where they’re needed. We also have to give our young people alternatives to the street, and as a community we need to demand more of ourselves and our neighbors. This violence is unacceptable wherever it occurs in our city and all of us need to take a stand. The only way we will meet this challenge to our future is to join with one another and create a partnership for peace.” Read more here: www.msnbc.com.

    When is the U.S. Government going to step in? Last year, the U.S. sent other countries humanitarian and development funding that totaled $23 Billion! Also, $14 Billion was spent in foreign military assistance. The U.S. should secure it’s turf before being so generous to other countries and their military! I wouldn’t buy another child a pair of shoes while my child walked around barefoot. A small portion of those tax dollars could go towards removing guns off the streets of Chicago and providing alternative activities/programs for their youthLast year, we reported Rev. Meeks’ choice to lead a campaign against homosexuality. ( Rev.Meeks Leads A Campaign Against Homosexuality/a> ) This year, Chicago shooting incidents have already surpassed last year’s and we’re only 6 months into the new year! Therefore, Rev. Meeks, whose church is located in Chicago, should have been more concerned with “the people” oppose to their sexuality. It’s sad they’re churches in the hood less than 2 miles apart from each other but the crime rate continues to rise. I’m not singling out Rev. Meeks but he’s just an example of leaders who don’t combat the issues in the community that truly affect “the people.”
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