Obama: Overcoming poverty and violence hard, but can be done
February 15th, 2013
02:36 PM ET
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Obama: Overcoming poverty and violence hard, but can be done

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Friday that children from communities wracked by poverty and violence need help from the government, schools, family and clergy to have a chance to climb "ladders of opportunity" to reach the middle class and beyond.

Speaking at a Chicago high school near where he used to live, Obama cited gun violence that killed 443 people in the city last year as one reason why children need community wide support to help them believe they can improve their lives through education and hard work.

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  1. Sniffit

    Cue the apocalpypse pron revolution fetishists and their mindless gunfap tantrums....

    February 15, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. fiftyfive55

    95% of all violent crime is minority related so to reduce crime,get rid of the minorities

    February 15, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Bill from GA

    Many ideas brought forth in the gun debate certainly have merit, and little political fallout. Background checks are supported by most people. Stopping 'straw purchases' also, with effective (and enforceable) laws. Maybe the proper course would be to bring up each element, separately, for vote.

    While NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre generally sounds like a total nutcase,and probably doesn't represent the opinion of most gun owners, he is somewhat correct in that the gun violence debate is off focus. Since he seems to be against ANY discussion of guns and crime, his slight bit of correctness makes him like the proverbial 'broken clock', right for about 2 seconds out of 24 hours.

    Banning, or putting a lot of political capital behind a ban on, assault rifles will do little or nothing to reduce gun violence. Australia had success with a gun ban, but they REMOVED hundreds of thousands of guns from the public. We will not be doing that in this country.

    February 15, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Scott

    Keep wasting tax payer dollars traveling promoting issues that will NEVER pass a vote. How about working on the main problem with the United States? Work on the economy!

    February 15, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Terry

    President Obama,
    How are we doing about getting back all of those semi-automatic rifles that Eric Holder's Justice Department allowed to "walk" into Mexico during Operation Fast and Furious?

    February 15, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    Oh boy I can't wait to read all of the nasty comments from the usual righties like Rick McDaniel, freedumb, Ancient Texan, Ray E. Georgia, Fair, and sifto. Come on don't disappoint me..........

    February 15, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Fin

    He will talk about everything but gangs, black on black crime, and the epedemic of fatherless households.

    February 15, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    fiftyfive55 wrote:

    95% of all violent crime is minority related so to reduce crime,get rid of the minorities
    ---------------------------
    So, if over 95% of all white collar crime is committed by white men, should we get rid of the white men?

    February 15, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Wake up People ...

    My bet is on Rick McDaniel. But, hey. They're all one in the same anyway. I'm just trying to figure out if they got it from their mother or their father. Their hate, that is.

    February 15, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Getoverit

    @Rudy NYC

    fiftyfive55 wrote:

    95% of all violent crime is minority related so to reduce crime,get rid of the minorities
    ——————————————————————————-
    So, if over 95% of all white collar crime is committed by white men, should we get rid of the white men?
    ------------
    White collar crime doesn't usually end up with someone dead....

    February 15, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. jw

    Guns Soc. Sec. medicare. Jobs.. Will be voted on in the midterm election. Will see who's left.

    February 15, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. w l jones

    Fin wrote he will talk about everything but gangs. blackon black on black crime.and the epedemic of father less household. Theirs very few black skin men in America as well as white so give it up and be the best American as you can be. Bless.

    February 15, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    Wow. Get rid of all minorities??? Is this 2013 or 1813??

    Since most pedophiles are non minorities aka white males......shouldn't we get rid of all of them also??

    Sick people. Sad.

    February 15, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |