Saturday night, 13-year-old Amaria Jones, was happily dancing with her mother. And then her life was taken from her in an instant.
Authorities concluded that a stray bullet fired from outside their Chicago home struck the young lady in the neck.
“She was showing me this dance called TikTok,” Jones’ mother, Lawanda Jones, told WBBM-TV in Chicago. “I turned around and I was looking for her and she was on the ground reaching out like this, holding her neck…The last thought that I have of my baby is her reaching out with blood gushing out her neck.”
This is horrible. Don’t Chicago politicians think this is horrible? Don’t Illinois politicians think this is horrible? Then why do they allow this horror show to continue? Where is the outrage? This isn’t criminals being shot by cops. This is an innocent young teen girl having her life taken from her. This is a mother’s worst nightmare come true. Does the young girl’s life matter? Does her mother’s sorrow matter? Why does this keep happening in Chicago?
Young Amaria passed away soon after arriving at the hospital. According to the Chicago Sun Times, two boys, 15 and a 16-year-old, who was just sitting on the porch outside, were also struck and wounded during the shooting.
Jones was amongst 102 people shot in Chicago over the recent Father’s Day weekend, the news reported, together with 14 who were killed in one of the deadliest weekends this year.
For June so far, and as of this writing, 61 people have been killed in Chicago. 393 people have been shot and wounded. The total shot is 454 and 65 people have been killed. In Chicago, a person is shot every two hours and thirty-seven minutes, and someone is killed every 13 hours and hours and thirty-eight minutes. That’s a war zone.
What has to happen for authorities to end this senseless violence? It’s one thing when drug gang bangers go after each other, but when they go after each other with no regard whatsoever to civilians, you have a war on your hands, and it looks like Chicago authorities would rather react to all these shootings than do something to prevent them from happening.
.@chicagosmayor we aren’t safe in our own homes! A 3y/o baby was shot last night! & this 13y/o child was killed in her own home! 2 other teens shot too.
We demand that you @GovPritzker @ToniPreckwinkle treat #GUNviolence like a public health crisis!#AmariaJones #SayHerName pic.twitter.com/WpruL923Or
— GoodKidsMadCity (@GKMC18) June 21, 2020
Look at her face. Look at how young and happy she was. Why did this happen? It didn’t have to. It doesn’t happen in hundreds of cities around the country. Chicago authorities need to find out the differences and do something about it.
Police still haven’t found the shooter.
There, but for the Grace of God has this not happened to any one of our kids. My God, how could you bear it? How could you watch the life stolen from your child right in front of you, an innocent who had their whole life ahead of them? I know I would drown in sorrow if this happened to one of my kids or someone I know.
Amaria’s mother attended a vigil Wednesday for her daughter and a 3-year-old boy, Mekhi James, who was shot and killed while riding in the back of his stepfather’s car Saturday, just hours and a few short blocks away from Jones’ home.
More Americans are being killed in Chicago than in Afghanistan. That fact should shame Democrats who run the city. But I believe they are incapable of shame because shame would force someone with a conscience to come up with ways to end it once and for all.
Other cities have homicides, but most are not at the rate of Chicago. Something is causing more murders in the Windy City and it must be identifiable. You have to be able to point to the reasons and say “this is why it’s happening, and here’s how we’re going to target the problem.” Except, they already know, and the problem is progressive Democrat policies.
For one thing, Chicago has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. A law-abiding resident can’t legally purchase a firearm to protect themself in Chicago. It’s nearly impossible. Yet criminals can get guns any time they want because criminals don’t follow the law. That’s what makes them criminals in the first place.
Here’s a wild thought. How about relaxing gun control laws for law-abiding citizens without a criminal record to be able to purchase and carry firearms for their own protection? The city just keeps adding more and more gun control laws and the violence is getting worse. Just try my idea for six months and watch the murder rate go down because criminals are less likely to go on shooting sprees when they think someone they want to victimize could shoot back.
Jones said she wants justice for her daughter and urged her killer to turn himself or herself in. Fat chance of that happening.
“No one wants to be … burying their child,” she said, CBS Chicago reports. “It’s supposed to be … them burying us, not us burying them.”
“They talk about the police killing — killing our citizens. They’re killing each other off,” Jones told WBBM with tears streaming down her face. “Our kids are not safe no more. Period. You can’t sit on your porch. You can’t even be in your own house. You’ll get killed.”
There is no greater tragedy than the death of a child. Things never go back to how they were.
She said her heart goes out to the other mothers and fathers who’ve lost children. Burying your child is the worst possible thing you could ever go through. My heart breaks for them.
“Don’t nobody know what it’s like unless you are in these shoes, to lose a child,” she said. “You might sympathize with us, but you ain’t going to feel the pain until it actually happens.”
Lawanda Jones’ nephew was also fatally shot last year only three blocks from where her daughter died.
“She loved to talk and she wanted to be heard,” Jones said of her daughter, to WLS-TV. “She wanted you to see her and hear her.”
Rest in peace, sweet innocent.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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