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Editorial: A 2013 resolution: Help stop gun violence

Rev. Michael Pfleger | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

Rev. Michael Pfleger | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 2, 2013 6:16AM

On Monday morning, some 40 to 50 people gathered at St. Sabina to add their voices to the cries against the gun violence that surrounds us every day. Among them were parents who have lost children to that violence.

They talked about getting politicians in Springfield and Washington to enact commonsense gun laws, including titling guns and banning assault weapons. They talked of the need for better education and job opportunities in impoverished communities.

Even as those at St. Sabina called for action, police were adding up the weekend’s tragic toll: From Friday night through Monday morning, three people were slain and 11 were wounded. Most were victims of gunfire.

The weekend’s casualties came on top of a grim statistic announced Friday by Police Supt. Garry McCarthy: Chicago had suffered its 500th homicide for 2012. Among the victims was 7-year-old Heaven Sutton, who was caught in crossfire while selling candy on her front yard. Other stories were just as tragic. In all, there were more than 2,400 shootings.

Last year, Chicago Police seized 7,000 guns in arrests. But the people at St. Sabina would be the first to tell you gun violence is not just a Chicago problem. More civilians have guns in the United States than anywhere else in the world — by a wide margin.

After a gunman killed 20 children and six educators at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., President Barack Obama asked for proposals on reducing gun violence that he can take this month to Congress.

The new year is a good time for resolutions. Let’s hope lawmakers put doing something meaningful about gun violence at the top of their lists.

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