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2:40pm June 9, 2012

Black Lawmakers Grill Holder on Chicago Shootings

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The subject of the uptick in shootings in Chicago came up during a meeting between Attorney General Eric Holder and the Congressional Black Caucus. Holder’s meeting with the Caucus, the third such gathering, happened earlier in the week during the CBC’s weekly meeting.

With Chicago Reps. Danny Davis (D-IL) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) attending the meeting, naturally the subject of the recent spike in violent gun crimes was one of many topics discussed.  Rep. Rush said the Department of Justice will focus on three major cities with regard to a serious uptick in violence. Chicago will be one of those cities.

So far, no senior level Administration official or the President has commented on the violence in Chicago, the President’s hometown. On a weekend in March, 10 people were shot to death and 50 were wounded in Chicago. Last weekend 29 people were shot. Ten people were shot dead over Memorial Day weekend. During a weekend in June of 2010, 54 people were shot in the city.

Curiously, not much national attention has focused on the shooting deaths.

Though Rep. Davis made the point that Chicago is a “big city” of 3 million people, he also spoke in general terms on violence in the city and relayed what the Attorney General said to the Caucus.

“He just said they were working on initiatives and that he had called the Mayor on things that they can do to help. There’s nothing that they can do to curb violence.  All this stuff about law enforcement and violence — that’s a waste of time. They’re not going to stop anybody from killing each other,” said Davis.

“Jobs, value systems development, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, things for kids to be involved in.  You can [get] all the police you can get, [but] that won’t stop violence,” Davis added.

Davis also spoke on whether the White House or the President should comment on the matter.

“Whenever someone asks the President — he responds. But he doesn’t come up and say we have a special initiative for Chicago.  They’ve been reluctant to do that all along so I don’t expect anything like that,” Davis added.  Davis also said the President “talks about the need for summer jobs.”

LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE, Politic365 Chief Congressional Correspondent, publishes the blog Crewof42 on the Congressional Black Caucus.  She can be heard every Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET on WMCS 1290 in Milwaukee on Earl Ingram’s show The Evening Rush as well as on WPFW 89.3 every Friday at 6:30 p.m. and occasionally on WHUR 96.3 in Washington DC. Ms. Burke is a former employee of USA Today, ABC News and Associated Press.  You can e-mail her at LBurke007@gmail.com follow her on twitter at @crewof42.



About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer and political analyst. She created the blog Crewof42, a blog that covers African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin and on WHUR, WURD, and WVON. Ms. Burke has enjoyed employment at USAToday.com and ABC News. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42




 
 

 
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6 Comments


  1. Jayz

    How about allowing the honest citizens the right and means to defend themselves? Apparently banning firearms does not mean much to those bent on commiting violent crimes. I wonder how Mr Holder would like to spend a few days and nights in a gang area without his multi levels of protection? How would he feel if his kids had to walk unprotected thru these streets? You had your chance your way Mr. Holder it's time for the people to take back their neighborhoods. Malcom X didnt get respect by sitting on his hands and watching politicians blather. He led armed citizens that were determined and had taken all they were gonna take.


  2. bags

    There's Bloombergs Gun Control for ya. See how well it really works.Keep plenty of vaseline handy.Obamas coming.


  3. [...] symbolic boycott of the gun shops will likely be as effective as the Congressional Black Caucus grilling Attorney General Eric Holder over the recent spike in shootings in Chicago, including the beloved South Side communities. [...]


  4. [...] symbolic boycott of the gun shops will likely be as effective as the Congressional Black Caucus grilling Attorney General Eric Holder over the recent spike in shootings in Chicago, including the beloved South Side communities. [...]


  5. WeirdTitle

    This is a weird title for the context of this blog. What evidence did you provide that they "grilled" the AG? Don't sensationalize your titles, just rely on the content.


  6. Peggy Seats

    As Kanye West said during Hurricane Katrina. [Fill in the blank] doesn't care about black people. I would fill in that blank to say that America doesn't care about black people.; and that black people also do not care about black people. Black life has no value to pretty much anyone. This is why the black family is destroyed, the black business community is destroyed, the black community is destroyed, the black educational system is destroyed, the black history is destroyed, the black self of self is destroyed, the black church is destroyed, the black grassroots is destroyed, the black intellectural is destroyed, the black safe haven in our homes is destroyed, the black culture is destroyed, the black people in America is destroyed. WHERE ARE ALL THE DEAD PEOPLE IN AMERICA GOING TO GO? IT SEEMS THAT THE ONLY BLACK THING THAT ISN'T DESTROYED IN AMERICA IS THE BLACK FUNERAL HOME BUSINESS.



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