Hadiya Pendleton

Yes, I lay the blame for this innocent child’s death squarely at the feet of the terrorist organization that sends its members into the funerals of its other victims to chant mantras. The NRA is not what it started out to be. Not even close. Their insistence that anyone, anywhere, must be able to obtain any firepower they want to obtain has turned our streets into battlegrounds, and a lot of our schools into armed camps.

The NRA will have the same argument they always have, of course. As in, if only this innocent child had been packing heat

 

A 15-year-old girl who performed in Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities has been killed in a Chicago park as she talked with friends by a gunman who apparently was not even aiming at her.

 

Chicago police said Hadiya Pendleton was in a park about a mile from Obama’s home on Tuesday afternoon when a man opened fire on the group. Hadiya was shot in the back as she tried to escape.

 

Chicago is experiencing its bloodiest January in more than a decade, following on the heels of 2012, which ended with more than 500 homicides for the first time since 2008. It also comes at a time when Obama, spurred by the Connecticut elementary school massacre in December, is actively pushing for tougher gun laws.

 

Hadiya’s father, Nathaniel Pendleton, spoke on Wednesday at a Chicago police news conference, which was held in the same park where his daughter died.

 

“He took the light of my life,” Pendleton said. He then spoke directly to the killer: “Look at yourself, just know that you took a bright person, an innocent person, a nonviolent person.”

 

Hadiya was a bright kid who was killed just as she was “wondering about which lofty goal she wanted to achieve”, said her godfather. “She was a very active kid, doing dance, cheerleading, who felt like she could accomplish just about anything, a very good student who had big dreams about what she wanted to be, a doctor, an attorney,” said Damon Stewart, a Chicago police officer and attorney. “She was constantly getting good grades.”

 

It isn’t just innocent kids that get to die at the hands of NRA terrorists these days, however. Plenty of cops have been treated to the NRA’s brand of “civilization.” As a matter of fact, being a public official at all seems to be getting more dangerous every day.

 

Authorities in Kaufman County, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, are looking into past criminal cases and those that were on the calendar of Chief Prosecutor Mark Hasse, who was shot dead Thursday morning in a parking lot across from the county courthouse, CBS DFW reported.

Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh told the station that Hasse’s shooting appears to have been a targeted attack and that authorities have no elevated concern for the general public.

The motive is unknown, but investigators are looking at Hasse’s cases, which have included drug dealers and organized crime.

Officials confirmed that Hasse, 57, was shot in the parking lot of the department of motor vehicles. He was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officials said Hasse was walking to his office, from the parking lot, Thursday morning when he was assaulted by an unknown person and “shot multiple times.” He was a Kaufman County District Attorney since July of 2010.

 

Thanks to NRA terrorism, hysterical fearmongering, and the corruption of our political system, I’d say we’re going to be seeing more incidents like these. A LOT more of them.

The NRA will, of course, argue that the Prosecutor should have been packing heat.

The ignorant knuckle-draggers who scream about the Second Amendment always seem to forget about the limitations that always, ALWAYS have existed. Our First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, but you cannot, for instance, publicly solicit for violence against public officials. You also can’t buy a machinegun in the US. Limits have existed, therefore, with both Amendments for a long time. And that’s because freedom has to be balanced with responsibility.

Terrorists, of course, respect no “freedom” beyond their own, and almost always shift the responsibility for their terrorism to others.

 

 

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