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ANOTHER WEEKEND IN THE PRESIDENT'S HOME TOWN – AT 11:01 A.M. ET:  With all the attention paid to the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we forget that Newtown is repeated over and over in the president's own home town, with much of the savagery occurring within a mile of Mr. Obama's home.  From AP:

CHICAGO – At least five people were gunned down Saturday in Chicago, including a 34-year-old man whose mother had already lost her three other children to shootings.

Ronnie Chambers, who was his mother Shirley's youngest child, was shot in the head while sitting in a parked car on the city's West Side. A 21-year-old man who was also in the car was wounded, police said.

Shirley Chambers, whose two other sons and daughter were shot in separate attacks more than a decade ago, was left grieving again on Saturday, WLS-TV reported.

"Right now, I'm totally lost because Ronnie was my only surviving son," Chambers said.

Shirley Chambers' first child, Carlos, was shot and killed by a high school classmate in 1995 after an argument. He was 18. Her daughter Latoya, then 15, and her other son Jerome were shot and killed within months of one another in 2000.

"What did I do wrong? I was there for them. We didn't have everything we wanted but we had what we needed," she asked Saturday.

Chambers said despite this latest tragic chapter in her life, she's not bitter or angry.

Maybe she should be bitter and angry – especially at crooked, corrupt, lazy and dishonest politicians who've done nothing about the culture of violence in her community.  The latest gimmick is the call by the mayor of Chicago, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, for banks not to give loans to gun manufacturers.  Yeah, right.  That'll stop the street killings.

"They took my only child. I have nobody right now. That's my only baby," she said.

A few hours after Ronnie Chambers was killed, a gunman opened fire on three men near a South Side eatery, killing two of them and wounding the third, police said.

On Saturday afternoon, detectives were called to the scene of another shooting in which a man in his 30s and a teenager were shot to death. There had been no arrests.

COMMENT:  Please note the lack of national discussion of these inner-city tragedies.  On the rare occasions when they are discussed, we're usually told by old hustlers like Jesse Jackson that the fault lies somewhere else, never with the people doing the shooting, never with the complete breakdown of culture in these communities, never with fatherlessness, the social plague of the inner city.

Gee, I wonder how a ban on assault weapons will affect matters in Chicago.  Won't help Shirley Chambers.

January 27, 2013