Chicago’s Rising Murder Rate Is Proof Positive That Gun Control Isn’t Working

Friday, February 1, 2013
By Paul Martin

Harold Maass

Last week, Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl from Chicago, was performing with her high school band at President Obama’s inauguration.

On Tuesday, she was gunned down as she sought shelter from the rain under a canopy in a park near her well-regarded prep school — and less than a mile from Obama’s Chicago home.
Instantly, the teen — an honors student, volleyball player, and majorette at Kings College Prep School — became the face of Chicago’s high, and possibly rising, murder rate.

She also became part of the debate over gun violence that has erupted since the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) cited her death as the latest evidence of the need for more strict gun control.

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