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July 16, 2013 - 8:35 am

When asked about the George Zimmerman case, an Illinois Democrat said more media attention needs to be paid to the everyday violence that plagues our inner cities.

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) said on MSNBC that she supports the Justice Department “investigating and doing everything they can do to see what the issue was with the case” in the civil-rights probe of Zimmerman.

“Well, I represent a portion of Chicago and, as you know we have been dealing with a lot of urban gun violence,” Kelly continued. “And really my concern is with all due respect, all due respect to Newtown and Arizona and the mass murders, I think there needs to be more voice given to the everyday many massacres that are occurring in the urban cities and attention needs to be paid to that.”

Regarding those out protesting over the verdict, she said, “yes, you can be angry, but take action; look at who you’re electing to office.”

MSNBC kept prodding the congresswoman on the Zimmerman case and asked whether she thought the DOJ should bring a civil-rights case against him even if it didn’t seem likely they could get a conviction.

“I don’t know. Is it worth it to really go through that if you thought it wasn’t going to bring a conviction?” Kelly responded. “I know the bar is really high. I definitely support the investigation, but I want to see what the investigation brings.”

Kelly succeeded Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) in a special election this year.

“You gather people. There has to be an organized way to gather people. We are having not a gun summit but a urban violence emergency summit in Chicago on July 26th,” she said. “As I shared, we are working on an advocacy day in Washington to bring urban parents to Washington, actually to train them on advocating and then having them speak to Congress.”

“I think the pressure needs to come from all entities, all ages, all races. I’ve gotten calls from many of my friends and some are black and some are not. There are a lot of people concerned about this, but I do think it needs to be an organized, concerted effort. And I think that is what they are trying to do today, but we all need to work together and kind of sing from one choir.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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“yes, you can be angry, but take action; look at who you’re electing to office.”

You mean like Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel? Just sayin. . .

“As I shared, we are working on an advocacy day in Washington to bring urban parents to Washington, actually to train them on advocating and then having them speak to Congress.”

I wonder what they expect Congress to do? IMHO it would be a better use of their time and energy to focus on what they can do in their own community and with their own kids.
1 year ago
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Preach Sister!

There was a terrible shooting in Tampa on Sunday; a store manager was shot and killed trying to protect his employees during a robbery.
http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/22839068/2013/07/15/police-look-for-suspect-in-family-dollar-murder
They've got a pretty good picture of the suspect, but no arrest yet.

Did I mention the dead man and the murderer are both black? But that doesn't fit any racist narrative.

Unfortunately, these murders happen just about every weekend here in Central Florida.
1 year ago
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Once again, it's the fault of those darned "guns." You would think that American firearms were all linked up to Skynet or something.

When I see guns walking down the street all of their own volition, with minds of their own and attitude to match, THEN maybe I'll favor gun control.
1 year ago
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I saw some guns walking around at the zoo... wait, no. Those were gnus. Sorry.
1 year ago
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YAAAY!

PUNNING Prize here!...... goes to......the envelope please?......IT's Crawford42!
1 year ago
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....[anonymous submission just in...]

How about, gnus in th' news?


...O.K., I'm leaving now.


1 year ago
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"we are working on an advocacy day in Washington to bring urban parents to Washington"

Most of the rest of the country don't have Chicago's killing sprees, isn't it more helpful to take care of the causes of those first? The gangs, the drugs, and illegal guns.

Impotent politicians who can't do a thing about the lawlessness in their own home want to pass more laws that will spread their impotence to the rest of the country.
1 year ago
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The gangs are an essential part of Chicago's power structure. You're not going to get rid of them until you break the Combine.
1 year ago
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Sorry Rep. Kelly, this is what happens when government becomes agenda driven instead of people driven. Black on black crime doesn't fit the narrative. It's just more proof that the "compassionate caring left" really isn't.
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