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After 21 years of reading the Advocate regularly, I have to say that this is the best editorial you have ever produced. It is well written, it is timely, it touches on all points of view and it reaches an adult conclusion.
Every night in Chicago, and other places like it, innocent children are senselessly killed, yet there is no uproar from the public. Can this lack of concern be because those children are poor and black, as opposed to the white middle class children in Connecticut? Or is the lack of concern because the national media is perfectly willing to report from the freshly mowed lawns of a middle class neighborhood in Connecticut but they are unwilling to report from a street corner in South Chicago?
The anti-gun people are perfectly willing to protest on the safe sidewalks in front of the modern glass and steel NRA building but they are afraid to express their sentiments in the real trouble spots of Oakland, East St. Louis, Watts, South Houston and many more.
The problem of senseless violence is real, but as long as the national media chooses to give publicity to the hypocrites and the charlatan politicians who only try to exploit the issue, there will never be a real solution.
Editorial Board, I have criticized your efforts many times in the past, but you ‘did yourself proud’ with this piece. Good Job.