End Gun Violence in Chicago

Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Help Chicago find a solution for its rampant gun violence.

Protestors led by Reverend Jesse Jackson are hitting the streets in Chicago, enraged by the recent death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, an honors student who performed at Obama’s inauguration. NBC News reported that so far this year, 46 people have been killed by gunshots, and more than a hundred have been wounded. Protestors feel that the city of Chicago has repeatedly asked for federal assistance with this issue and are asking for the President’s involvement in decreasing gun violence.

As the third most populated city in the United States, Chicago has long been concerned with violence in the streets. With inadequate federal support, a limited budget, rampant gang activity, and a rising murder rate, the citizens of Chicago are desperate for help. In 2012, gun violence went up by 17%, with more than 500 murders last year. As 2013 begins, it seems as though violence continues to increase. Protestors also want President Obama to attend the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton to show his support for Chicago and demonstrate a willingness to help the city where he used to live.

As the United States, it is imperative that every state in our nation receive federal support when it is needed. The citizens of Chicago have a right to feel safe and need our President’s help. Please support Chicago protestors by asking President Obama to help end gun violence in Chicago.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Barack Obama,

As you know, the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who performed at your inauguration, has shocked the nation and demonstrated the rampant violence occurring in Chicago. As the third largest city in the United States, Chicago has always dealt with violence and crime, but gun violence appears to be escalating out of control. A recent protest has started, led by Jesse Jackson, to ask for your assistance in creating solutions to end this cycle of gun violence in Chicago. Protestors also would like for you to attend the funeral Hadiya Pendleton to demonstrate your support for keeping Chicago safe.

In 2012, more than 500 people were shot and killed in Chicago. Already this year, 46 have died from gunshot wounds. With a 17% increase in gun violence last year, Chicagoans are facing a crisis and need federal assistance to keep their citizens safe. Mayor Rahm Emanuel lacks the resources to deal with this issue on his own, and it seems that without your help with this issue, many more Chicago citizens will die from gunfire.

Please demonstrate your support and commitment to the citizens of Chicago, your hometown, by attending the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton on February 9 and by helping city officials to create solutions to decrease gun violence in Chicago.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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