Chicago Woman Loses All Four Children to Gun Violence
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?
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