Some pro-gun folks pretend to not understand what I mean when I say I blame them. Allow me to clarify. With proper controls, this kind of incident could be extremely rare. The reason we don't have proper controls is because the gun lobby supported by individual pro-gun folks does everything in its power to block them.Thirteen-year-old Isaiah Mendez was hanging out with two other teens on a back porch of a two-story home in the Humboldt Park neighborhood Tuesday afternoon when one of the boys started playing with a handgun.
The boy chambered a bullet in the gun and it went off, fatally striking Isaiah in the head about 3:25 p.m.
I'm referring to background checks on every transfer, licensing of all gun owners and registration of every gun. This would need to be followed up properly as I've described here. To thwart gun theft, we need proper storage laws.
Those who oppose these common-sense initiatives are to blame, plain and simple. Because of you, we have this to be proud of:
Guns are a constant problem for teens in the neighborhood, said Manuel Rodriguez, who described himself as a street-outreach minister.
"They have easy access to guns and nothing to do. The streets are their playground," Rodriguez said.
Three young men who were standing with Rodriguez outside the home where Isaiah was killed said they also have been shot.
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