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Gun Violence Victim Hadiya Pendleton’s Mother Appears In New Gun Control Ad


(AllHipHop News) “Tell Congress to support common sense reform so no more innocent children are killed, and no parent has to go through this heartbreak.”

Those are the closing words of a new gun control public service announcement narrated by Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton. Cowley-Pendleton is the mother of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old honor student who was gunned down in Chicago just days after performing with her high school band at President Obama’s second inauguration.

Hadiya was shot in a park on the South Side of the city while she and her friends stood under a canopy to get out of the rain. Two suspects were arrested for Hadiya’s murder. Michael Ward, 18, and 20-year-old Kenneth Williams, have been charged by the Chicago Police Department as the shooter and getaway driver in the case.

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Pendleton’s tragic death become a national story and once again thrust the ongoing violence in the streets of Chicago into mainstream media headlines.

While many observers and victims of the gang-related violence in Chicago had been calling on President Obama to weigh in on the war-like death rates happening in his adopted hometown, the President had remain mostly silent on the issue.

It was Pendleton’s murder that finally pushed President Obama to comment on the violence in Chicago. He even mentioned Hadiya in his State of the Union Address last week as an example of why new gun control legislation like universal background checks and limiting the amount of ammunition in magazine clips is needed.

Cowley-Pendleton and her husband were seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama at the Capitol as President Obama gave a passionate appeal to lawmakers to pass new laws that would help prevent more unnecessary deaths as a result of gun violence.

[ALSO READ: 5 Takeaways From President Obama’s State of the Union Address]

Hadiya’s mother has fully embraced her new role as a gun control advocate. In the 30-second ad sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, she promotes the passage of a new federal law for background checks for all gun sales.

You can watch the MAIG ad featuring Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton below.

[ALSO READ:  AllHipHop.com’s Past Coverage of the Violence in Chicago]

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  • It’s not like those kids obtained those guns legally.. how are you gonna “control” guns obtained illegally?? The mother is hurt and misguided. Seems like she’s being taken advantage of.

    • Jay Vega Jackson

      man bro you are 100% right…i live in chicago and the problem isnt banning guns or even allowing conceal and carry…the problem is how these kids are raised and the lack of resources in our communities…

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  • mrgroovesd

    Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the US but they’re asking to make tougher gun laws? How does that help with guns being obtained ILLEGALLY? People are reacting on pure emotion and not logic.

    • Bumpy Johnson

      maybe if they made it easier for a damn felon to get a job …when u come out of jail after a simple breaking and entry . u cant get a job ,get an apt in your name and a whole lot of other stuff…….stupid coz there is people commiting felonies on a daily that get to an age stop and have jobs and perform really well.

  • Mark Brand

    “they can start with background checks at all gun purchases”
    i thought this was already happening? there wanting to force laws that are already being forced

  • Cris Ortiz

    Why is Obama blaming guns? If you are the president and you write a book glorifying drugs, why are you surprised when black children read your book and decide drugs are good? Why are you surprised when black children start doing cocaine and weed? President Obama, you wrote about your drug use in your book, so why are you surprised when black children decide to be like you? Why are children being murdered in Chicago? Why is Chicago the murder capital of the United States? Why are children being shot and killed? It drugs. Your example, Mr. President, is to glorify drugs, so people buy drugs to be like you, and drug gangs kill each other, and innocent children. Do you remember 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, she was at your inauguration. She’s dead, shot in the back. You killed her. President Obama, every drug related murder in Chicago is your fault. The escalation in drug use, the escalation in murder, people being killed, it’s YOUR FAULT. YOU KILLED HADIYA PENDLETON.