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Recent news of gun violence in Chicago has sparked national attention by news sources all over, and by President Obama. The president gave a speech on Friday to comment about the recent rise in homicides in Chicago. An emphasis was placed on values of marriage, family, religion, and community as the driving factors behind the recent epidemic.
President Obama pointed out that the government is not the only solution to gun control. Although the government can create new laws and policies, the issue is much larger than just that. The POTUS stated that when a child shoots another child “there is a hole in that child’s heart that government can’t fill”. The speech went on to call attention to strengthening the American family. President Obama stated that a solid foundation is laid when a child has parents who have some education, work, and can be good role models.
Lastly, President Obama brought the conversation back around to the economy as a means to control gun violence. He pointed out that in many neighborhoods (not just Chicago), children do not have much hope for a brighter future. The general belief is that opportunity only goes as far as the next block, or maybe the next town over. If children don’t believe that they can succeed in life, then the issue is larger than just controlling gun laws.