HADIYA PENDLETON, a 15 year old high school girl, performed at the Inaugural with her school’s band. Hadiya was an honors student, a volleyball player and a majorette at King College Prep. She and a dozen other students had taken shelter from a rain storm under a Park’s canopy. An unidentified gun man started shooting into the crowd. Hadiya, although not the target, died of her wounds.
Since the massacre at Sandy Hook, Newtown, CT, 1400 more people have died in gun violence.
One hopes that the Congressional Committees meeting this week to deliberate as to whether to take some sort of action to alleviate gun deaths think a moment about Hadiya.