President Barack Obama has referred to his hometown many times when it has come to the gun debate. He refers to the constant gun violence that occurs there and the murder rate while also highlighting many recent massacres. Gun violence in Chicago is outrageous as it's landed the city in the top 100 most dangerous American cities.
President Barack Obama is keeping his hometown in the gun-debate spotlight. For the second time in a month he noted Chicago's persistent violence in a major speech to the nation.
As Obama announced Wednesday a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence, he nodded to the city's murder rate while pointing to several recent massacres, including the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
"The most fundamental set of rights, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, fundamental rights that were denied to college students at Virginia Tech, high school students at Columbine and elementary school students in Newtown, and kids on street corners in Chicago, are too frequent a basis to tolerate," he said.