President Barack Obama traveled to Chicago to address gun violence in our cities.
MR. MARTIN (VOICEOVER): But, first, President Barack Obama traveled to Chicago to address the continuing gun violence in our cities.
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PRES. BARACK OBAMA: Last year, there were 443 murders with a firearm on the streets of this city, and 65 of those victims were 18 and under. So, that’s the equivalent of a Newtown every four months.
In too many neighborhoods today, whether here in Chicago, or the farthest reaches of rural America, it can feel like, for a lot of young people, the future only extends to the next street corner, or the outskirts of town; that, no matter how much you work, or how hard you try, your destiny was determined the moment you were born. There’re entire neighborhoods where young people – they don’t see an example of somebody succeeding.
That means that this is not just a gun issue. It’s also an issue of the kinds of communities that we’re building, and for that we all share responsibility as citizens to fix it.