Obama Gives Speech on Gun Violence in Chicago

3 years 11 months 1 day ago February 16, 2013 Feb 16, 2013 Saturday, February 16 2013 Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:54:12 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO - President Barack Obama says that every four months, his hometown of Chicago suffers the loss of as many children as were killed in the Connecticut elementary school shooting.

Obama says gun violence is taking too many children's lives, not just in mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 kids. He says 65 children were killed by guns in Chicago last year.

He pushed stricter gun control Friday in a visit to Chicago, including background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

But he said guns are not solely to blame for the violence. He also pointed to communities with too few fathers involved in children's lives and too few examples of success. He says he wishes he had a father around growing up.

 

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