New York has seen a decline in gun-related homicides in recent years, but as NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said after young Hailey Dominguez took a stray bullet to the chest, as she was returning home from a baby shower with her mother about 1 a.m., "Children are not supposed to be collateral damage."
Dominguez, the latest child victim of gun violence in New York City, is listed in "critical but stable" condition after being placed in an medically induced coma, The Daily News said
Monday. An 18-year-old suspect was arrested Sunday night.
"We can never accept the shooting of a child as a part of city life," Kelly noted. "We can never accept the notion that somehow children are going to be a part of the casualty count, whether somebody else is targeted or not."
Hailey was hit by the stray bullet when the suspect, Angel Morales, fired the shot to "get revenge" after an argument, cops said. Hailey’s family was not the intended target.
And it's not just a local problem: "Maybe the city most affected [by guns] is Chicago," Kelly added. "The President's hometown. But barely a peep out of him."
During the town-hall debate in Hempstead, N.Y., last month, Obama made a brief mention about limiting access to assault weapons
“What I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally,” Obama said. “Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban re-introduced, but part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence. Because frankly in my hometown of Chicago, there’s an awful lot of violence, and they’re not using AK-47s. They’re using cheap handguns.”
According to the Guardian
, prior to coming into office, Obama had been a vocal supporter of a ban on semi-automatic weapons and a tightening up of gun controls in general.
But since assuming office, he has largely remained silent on greater restrictions on ownership. And in 2009 he signed laws allowing people to carry concealed weapons in the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and other national parks and have guns in checked bags on Amtrak trains.
The anti-gun lobbying group Brady Campaign gave the president an "F" on gun-control policy during his first term.