Monday, January 28, 2013

Chicago woman loses 4th child to gun violence

Simeon High School students join an anti-violence rally in the Loop April 1, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich joined several hundred Chicago school students at the rally which was held to draw attention to the 21 students murdered in the city so far this school year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — At least five people were gunned down Saturday in Chicago, including a 34-year-old man whose mother had already lost her three other children to shootings.
Ronnie Chambers, who was his mother Shirley’s youngest child, was shot in the head while sitting in a parked car on the city’s West Side. A 21-year-old man who was also in the car was wounded, police said.
Shirley Chambers, whose two other sons and daughter were shot in separate attacks more than a decade ago, was left grieving again on Saturday, WLS-TV reported.
“Right now, I’m totally lost because Ronnie was my only surviving son,” Chambers said.
Shirley Chambers’ first child, Carlos, was shot and killed by a high school classmate in 1995 after an argument. He was 18. Her daughter Latoya, then 15, and her other son Jerome were shot and killed within months of one another in 2000.
“What did I do wrong? I was there for them. We didn’t have everything we wanted but we had what we needed,” she asked Saturday.
Chambers said despite this latest tragic chapter in her life, she’s not bitter or angry.
“They took my only child. I have nobody right now. That’s my only baby,” she said.
A few hours after Ronnie Chambers was killed, a gunman opened fire on three men near a South Side eatery, killing two of them and wounding the third, police said.
On Saturday afternoon, detectives were called to the scene of another shooting in which a man in his 30s and a teenager were shot to death. There had been no arrests.
Chicago’s homicide count eclipsed 500 last year for the first time since 2008. As grim as it is, Chicago’s homicide rate was almost double in the early 1990s — averaging around 900 — before violent crime began dropping in cities across America.
Last year’s increase, though, stood in sharp contrast to New York, where homicides fell 21 percent from 2011, as of early December.
Food for thought:  As America continues its ongoing debate over gun control and new gun reform laws, I encourage everyone on both sides to take heed to the message being conveyed in this article.  A mother should never have to suffer the lose of any child, especially the lost of all her male children.  Being killed in action while serving in the military is one thing, but to be gunned down in the streets of America by some ruthless thug, angry or deranged person or racists, is another.
Before another innocent life is lost, I pray that President Obama and Vice President Biden will soon enforce better laws.   Preventing another parent from suffering the lost of their child due to ineffective gun laws in America.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with all the mothers and fathers who's suffered the lost of a child due to gun violence. Whether in the US or abroad, murdering of innocent unarmed humans should be outlawed under the United Nations. With all the ongoing propaganda over gun control in the US, WE ALL, as HUMANS should UNITE as one NATION, under GOD. God doesn't teach us to want to harm, kill or annihilate one another, God teaches us to love one another. I encourage each and every one of us to say a prayer for forgiveness, so God can cleanse our souls by washing away our sins.