Until the criminals turn their swords into ploughshares (or their Smith & Wessons into candelabras), the last thing we should do is turn our students into lambs for slaughter:
A teen who performed at events around President Barack Obama’s inauguration was shot to death in Chicago this week, and now her story has become part of the debate in Washington over gun violence nationwide.
The shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton came up in a U.S. Senate hearing and a White House press briefing Wednesday.
“She was an honor student and a majorette,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois. Performing at inaugural events last week “was the highlight of her young, 15-year-old life,” he said.
“Yesterday, in a rainstorm after school, she raced to a shelter. A gunman came in and shot her dead,” he said. “Just a matter of days after the happiest day of her life, she’s gone.”
The park shelter where she was shot is just a mile from Obama’s home in Chicago.
2013 has gotten off to a deadly start in Chicago — Pendleton was the year’s 42nd murder victim. No arrests have been made in the case, police said Wednesday.
In 2012, 506 people were slain in the city.
15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton’s was killed yesterday by a single bullet in the back by a gunman who mistakenly thought she was with a group of gang bangers.
How’d the gunman pass the background check, I wonder?
She was a beautiful young girl with an unlimited future, yet her life was ended in an instant by (presumably) a gang banger whose future is measured in weeks if not days. The only hope for other Hadiyas is to take his like off the streets of the South Side, not to disarm legal weapon owners in Winnetka.