A park is a public area in a town that is used for recreation. Recreation is an activity done for enjoyment when one is not working. On January 29, 2013, Hadiya Pendleton went to a Chicago park with her friends. They were using the public area as a place of recreation. Hadiya was shot to death in the park. Hadiya Pendleton was 15 and was a hard working student. Hadiya Pendleton performed at the 2013 presidential inaugural events. Hadiya is dead because in Chicago gun violence seems to have become a way of life that could be said to border on recreation for some members of the Chicago community.
The gun is a tool for killing. The killer is the shooter.
This is a truth but another truth is if a gun is not available the killer is not able to shoot the gun and kill.
Without a gun in the hands of the shooter, Edward Christian, Ladarious Phillips, and Demario Pitts would be alive today. They were killed on June 10, 2012, in Auburn, Alabama by a man who had a gun. The gun did not kill. The shooter did, but without the gun the shooter could not have killed Edward, Ladarious, and Demario. The gun and the shooter worked in unison. It was a deadly partnership.
To stray is to deviate from the direct course. When a bullet strays from its course it can hit anyone who is in its unintended path.
On May 28, 2011 in Buffalo, NY, a bullet was shot by Bangaly Chelley. The bullet missed its intended target and became a stray bullet. As Ansumane Kanneh was fixing his seven year old granddaughter’s bike, this stray bullet hit him. This stray bullet killed Ansumane. Ansumane Kanneh was 82 years old.
A community is made up of people residing in a specific locality, sharing government, and often having a common cultural background. In a community children might walk home from school, mothers might walk to the store for groceries. Grandparents might sit on their steps to take in the sun’s warmth. And in some communities gangs might shoot at each other in the middle of the day. In those communities children know the sound of gun fire, mothers fear for the safety of their children and grandparents have seen innocence lost.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 was a cloudy mild day. At 3:05, when children were walking home from school, gunfire erupted between two gangs in the parking lot at 139th Street and 89th Avenue, in Jamaica, NYC. Children ran for safety, parents screamed for help and grandparents saw innocence lost.