The First Lady Speaks Out for Victims of Gun Violence in Urban Communities

First Lady Michelle Obama has helped to break the mold by speaking up for the kids in neighborhoods where gun violence is prevalent.  The south side of Chicago is one of those areas, and it’s also where the first lady grew up.   She spoke with CBS this week about the violence situation after visiting  Harper High School students in April in the West Englewood neighborhood, which she said “has been riddled with violence.”

She said she heard “stories of how every day [students] wake up and they wonder whether they’re going to make it to school alive. I mean every single kid worries about their own death, or the death of someone, every single day.”

“One kid told me he felt like he lived in a cage because he feels like his community is unseen, unheard, and nobody cares about it. What’s our obligation to these kids? We do have one.”

A total of 29 students from the school have been shot this year, with 8 of them being killed.

“We have millions of kids living in these kinds of circumstances, and we as a nation have to embrace these kids and let them know that we hear them, we see them,” said the first lady, who grew up on the South Side. She visited the school not long after the shooting death of 15-year-old honors student Hadiya Pendleton, which occurred about a mile from the Obama family’s Kenwood home.


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  1. Joseph L. Bass, EdD at 9:57 pm

    Let me understand what our First Lady is talking about. In Chicago a total of 29 students from Harper High School have been shot this year, with eight of them being killed. She says the West Englewood neighborhood where the school is located “has been riddled with violence.” How can this be true? Chicago has extremely strict gun control laws that make all city citizens safe and secure. Surely our First Lady is mistaken. Chicago already has the same strict gun control laws that President Obama and Mayor Rahm Emanuel want to impose on the rest of America. We can all see how safe and secure the rest of America will be when Chicago gun control laws are adopted by the federal government. I just cannot wait to feel the same safety and security here in Virginia as the citizens in Chicago feel already. Joseph L. Bass, Ed.D.

  2. ana at 10:04 pm

    This is such a great effort or for a better word issue, for Mrs. Obama to speak on Gun Violence that is a severe epidemic in our Cities across America. However, strict gun control does not stop the Gun Violence. More has to be done to teach people how to make better decisions. We need better parental involvement, better parenting,and positive men role models in our school system. Changing behavior is a sensible balance between strict gun laws and the safety of our children and citizens…Mrs. Obama, we salute you for taking a stand on Gun Violence in our communities across America…Thank You!

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