President Barack Obama name-checked his hometown Wednesday while announcing a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence.
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Chicago Violence "Unacceptable": Emanuel
"Nobody can be comfortable or sanguine about it and nobody should," Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters Thursday in response to a surge in homicides so far in 2012. "If you're a resident of the city, and a child is shot in Little Village, that's a child in the city of Chicago. It's not in another part of the city."
"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.
Chicago marked its 500th homicide two weeks to the day of that statement.
"As a country we have been through this too many times," Obama said. "Whether it's an elementary school in Newtown or a shopping mall in Oregon or a temple in Wisconsin or a movie theater in Aurora or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children."
Following Wednesday's speech, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded by Twitter and is expected to comment again at 2 p.m.
"I support the President’s plan to ban assault weapons and clips, institute a criminal background check & crack down on gun runners," Emanuel tweeted.
Also in attendance at Wednesday's news conference was the mayor of Oak Creek, Wis..
Obama didn't forget about the town to Chicago's north where a gunman burst into a Sikh temple in August and killed seven, including himself.
"The right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wis.," Obama said.