Chicago Woman Loses All Four Children to Gun Violence

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No parent wants to experience the crippling pain of losing a child. But can you imagine losing all four of your children? In the midst of the national debate surrounding gun control, a woman in Chicago has lost her fourth and final child to gun violence.

On Saturday, January 25, two separate shootings in Chicago killed six and wounded seven. Ronnie Chambers, the last surviving child of Shirley Chambers, was shot in the head while sitting in his car.

Ronnie Chambers made an appearance on the Ricky Lake Show in December, where he admitted to being a former gang member, one who was committed to preventing people from following in his footsteps.

According to Opposing Views, Ronnie’s three older siblings, one sister and two brothers, were each killed in separate shootings. Carlos, who was 18 at the time, was shot in 1995 after an argument with another boy. LaToya and Jerome were killed within months of each other in 2000. LaToya was slain after her boyfriend and another young man got into a fight, and Jerome was at a pay phone booth when a van pulled up alongside him and opened fire.

“Right now, I’m totally lost because Ronnie was my only surviving son,” Shirley told WLS-TV.

The news came just after a drop in the Chicago homicide rate in the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is calling for harsher punishment against people who are caught with illegal weapons. McCarthy will attend a White House meeting on gun violence on Monday.

This story would be sad enough if Ronnie were the only child of Shirley’s killed, but she has now lost every one of her children to gun violence, to say nothing of the other five people who died this weekend.

The debate over gun control is a hot issue right now in our country. Whether you’re an advocate of stricter gun control or a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights, a woman in Chicago is grieving. Remembering that, and having compassion for the people in the world around us, is what makes us human.

What do you think? Is this something more gun control could have prevented, or is there an entirely different issue at fault here?

Photo via iStock [Sascha Burkard]

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2 comments

  1. Damsel says:

    How about an honest view of violence and the location of the population who just seem to be violence., and lets try it without the PC big brother speech or thought control filters.

    In this story, we have a women “single mother, most likely never married with four children”. I suspect since the story doesn’t state, more then one man sired her children. So it possible she had four children by four different men. This has become the accepted norm, of inner city communities like Chicago. Multi generations lacking any form of family unit, living on tax payer dollars, not required to better themselves with a trade or education in exchange for the money that keeps them existing in the slummy part of town except to vote for demarcate party at the poles.

    In this “culture” where only multi-million dollar athletes and gangsta rappers are idolize. This is were the violence grows, it not the guns. Guns are an easy target for “community leaders” and local politicians to blame. This way, no one has to take responsibility for letting the city degrade to a 3rd world culture.

  2. Jeff says:

    Possible “Mother of the Year” candidate here.

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