The title of a Yahoo! article released on February 18, 2013 is “Obama’s Speech DOESN’T Stop Ill. Killing” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/obamas-speech-doesnt-stop-chicago-shootings-165544578–abc-news-topstories.html).
“A Chicago teenager was shot and killed Friday (February 15, 2013) only hours after her sister attended President Obama’s speech on the city’s rampant gun violence. Janay McFarlane, 18, was killed while walking with a friend during a visit to her dad, Herbert McFarlane, in NORTH (?) Chicago”. WOW. This is DEEPLY TROUBLING/DISTURBING because gangs are usually most prominent on the “SOUTH (side of) Chicago”.
“Herbert McFarlane told ABC affiliate WLS, “(With) All this gun violence going on, you never think it would be YOUR child“. Precisely. “This is THE HARDEST thing for me in my life” surely.
“Herbert McFarlane told WLS that the loss of Janay is especially hard because she leaves behind a 3-month old son, who likes to wear an “I love MOMMY” shirt. The shooting occurred in Lake County, a NORTHERN suburb MILES (away) from the epicenter of the gun violence on the city’s South Side” which again makes this all the DISTURBING. Also, notice “I love Mommy”. Again, we have to wonder/pose the question: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO HAVE KIDS and HOW EARLY IS TOO EARLY? “I’m in Lake County to GET AWAY FROM violence and now IT HAPPENED in Lake County WHERE I MOVED TO” which, of course, is A NIGHTMARE.
“(Speaking) in Hyde Park, with McFarlane’s sister in the audience”, Obama said: “Too many of our children are being TAKEN AWAY from us” VIOLENTLY. “Last year (2012) there were 443 murders with a firearm on the streets of this city (Chicago) and 65 of those victims were 18 and under” accounting for 15% of the murders/homicides in Chicago in 2012. “So that’s the equivalent of a Newtown EVERY FOUR MONTHS“. WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PREVENT THIS SORT OF CARNAGE. Tragedies like the Newtown, Connecticut massacre MUST NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.
“Only hours later in Chicago, another 18-year old was shot and killed”.
Finally, “Angela Blakely, Janay McFarlane’s mother, told WLS“, “I felt like SOMEONE TOOK A KNIFE AND STABBED ME IN THE HEART and A PIECE OF MY HEART I WILL NEVER GET BACK“.
This is the SECOND HORRIFYING killing/murder after HADITHA PENDLETON who was killed after performing at Obama’s inauguration. Again, it seems like POLITICIANS’ WORDS are ONLY words with little, IF ANY, SUBSTANCE. We should also note that murders have now occurred on consecutive days with OSCAR PISTORIUS killing his model girlfriend REEVA STEENKAMP on VALENTINE’S DAY and now this murder only/just a day later.