What are we grandparents and parents today going to say to our children and grandchildren if we are asked 'What did we do in the aftermath of the massacre of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT'?
2,370 crime guns were traced to just one gun shop located in suburban Chicago between 1996 and 2000. Over 1,300 have been traced to the shop since 2008 -- as well as 20 percent of all Chicago crime guns used within a year of their purchase.
Our vision is to be a change agent, industry and thought leader in promoting wellness in the fight against childhood obesity. We have an incredible call list of friends, activators, influencers and doers across the globe ready to join us in making this vision become a reality.
In the past year, 31,000 Americans have been the ultimate victims of gun violence. For each deceased, there are countless 'secondary' victims -- parents, siblings, classmates, teachers, first responders and community members.
We forget that black youth have important ideas to offer during critical discussions about issues directly affecting their lives. Black youth voices are routinely rendered invisible. It's a dilemma that the documentary Woke Up Black addresses head-on.
As a city we have the data to accurately identify who needs help. With justice reinvestment dollars we can make smart reallocations to help fund efforts that transform lives rather than continue to curtail their human potential.
While we mourn Hadiya and all the young people in Chicago who are the victims of gun violence, the Black Youth Project is still waiting for the president to comprehensively address gun violence in the city.
If we are to evaluate our success as a nation based, at least in part, by our children's well-being, we ought to pay closer attention to what ails them emotionally, and to create a safe environment at home, at school and in the community they depend on to thrive.
It's time to come home, Mr. President, and comfort the over 500 families who've lost loved ones in the past year alone. It's time to call the nation's attention to the need for a solution to this crisis.