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18-Year-Old Mother Shot And Killed In Chicago Hours After Sister Attends Obama’s Gun Speech

January was one of the deadliest in Chicago in more than a decade, with more than 40 people killed in homicides.
 
 
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18-year-old Janay Mcfarlane, a mother of a 3-month-old boy, was  shot in the head and killed in a Chicago suburb just hours after her sister sat behind President Obama as he advocated for tighter gun regulations on Friday.

January was one of the deadliest in Chicago in more than a decade, with more than 40 people killed in homicides. “Last year, there were  443 murders with a firearm in this city, and 65 of them were 18 and under,” Obama said in his speech. “That’s the equivalent of a Newtown every four months. That’s precisely why the overwhelming majority of Americans are asking for some common sense proposals to make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun.” Obama also remembered Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old who was killed in a South Side park days after performing at his inauguration.

Chicago is home to some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, but regulations in the surrounding parts of Illinois are much laxer — enabling middlemen to supply criminals in Chicago with  guns they purchased elsewhere. “Forty three percent of the guns seized by law enforcement in Chicago were originally purchased in other parts of Illinois” and the remaining 57 percent of Chicago firearms came from out of state, most significantly from Indiana and Mississippi — both of which have  lax gun regulations. Chicago has close to  six times as many guns as New York City per capita, despite having more restrictive laws.

 

Igor Volsky is a Health Care Researcher/Blogger for ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Igor is co-author of Howard Dean’s "Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform."

 
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