Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 29: How Many More Sherdavias Will Court Rulings Bring?

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Yesterday, while five members of the United States Supreme Court were ignoring public safety concerns in yet another pro-gun ruling, City of Miami officials and police officers were having a press conference at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park.

The subject of the conference: Pleas with Miami residents not to "celebrate" the Fourth of July by firing guns.

Sherdavia Jenkins was a 9-year-old girl playing in her yard when she was killed by a stray bullet in 2006.

There are many other Sherdavias in Miami - and Chicago and Washington, whose city governments tried to pass gun control laws to make those children safer.

But Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito haven't supported those Sherdavias - at least not yet.

The recent rulings and the cowardice of politicians to stand up for gun control are a message that those who want safer streets need to put public safety up for court rule. The debate needs to change from gun rights to public safety rights.

The Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence estimates 3,218 children die from gun violence, while 20,702 children survive gun injuries each year.

Where are their rights?

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