Maria Chappelle-Nadal Says Gun Control Critics "Don't Care About Black Lives Being Taken"

In recent weeks, the state senator has done several ride-alongs with local law enforcement agencies that work on gang violence. She says she is learning about the different so-called "sets," the very localized groups that go up against each other and embrace gun violence. She says that in some cases, there are gangs that remain loyal to each other on a block-by-block level and will fight inside schools.

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Gang-related graffiti she observed on a recent ride-along with police.

"There's a lot of...illegal activity that allows these young people to have guns," she says.

These youth are getting guns through robberies and drug sales and that's why parents need to be held accountable and help stop this epidemic, she adds.

In gangs, they have to "put in their time" to establish credibility, she says.

That means, "You've already raped someobdy. You've already killed someone. You've already committed several different robberies," she says. "The pathetic thing...is that many of their parents know that their kids are involved with this."

And there are "community guns" that gang members pass around, she adds.

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She was inspired to propose this bill because the debate prompted by the Connecticut elementary school shooting did not focus on urban violence.

"The national conversation after Sandy Hook was all about high-capacity magazines...AK-47s," she says. "It was not focused on the inner city and the violence in the inner city, which is so real."

Here's her draft bill.

Senate Bill 124

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DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee topcommenter

And notice she doesn't say "I have a lot of people opposing my stance on this issue" - she says "I got a lot of haters out here".

She doesn't get the point, and she does not deserve to be a public servant if she sees anyone that opposes her views as "haters".

A lot of people with haters like to say "If you have haters, you're doing something right", but to that I say if you have haters, you might just be an asshole.

limo_888
limo_888

Senator Chappelle-Nadal is wrong, inter city crimes or/and killing caused by criminal with gun. We need law abide citizens with gun to take their city back...   

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

You can find laws to punish criminal behavior, and leave law abiding people alone. It is not that a gang member owns a gun that is troubling. That he is willing to use it is troubling. Pointing a gun at an innocent person is assault. Have them arrested. Do not wait until the gun is fired. Use the existing laws, and yes, it will mean many more people going to crowded jails and prisons. So what? that is where they belong. No picnic. No socializing. Hard time. Free cell space by removing non-violent criminals to receive large fines and house arrest. Full sentences, too. Repeat offenders will start losing much property until their home is only a cot.

Matt Dresner
Matt Dresner

I don't understand why you can't just hop in a big rig, or bulldozer, and drive off without some sort of proof you can operate it (CDL), yet you can go into a gun store or show, and buy anything they have without proof you can operate it. Second, gun offenses should be settled in a dedicated "gun court." There should be no bail for ANY gun offense, to include flourishing a weapon. We are too lenient the way courts handle gun and domestic violence offenses. Some of the things that happen "on the block" would end up being capital crimes in the military. We need to get trigger pullers off the street more than the triggers themselves.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

when you're afraid of being called "uncle tom" for pointing out the REAL issue...just blame white people.

Aubrey L. Cox
Aubrey L. Cox

Senator Nadal is why NRA and those of who support the NRA can not give an inch. Deal with Mental Health, poverty and crime if you truly want to curb violence!

Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt

The gun issue is a very difficult issue to solve. How do we keep guns out of the hands of bad people without restricting the rights of good people? And how do we make sure those good people's guns don't end up in the hands of bad people (see: Adam Lanza)? It seems that universal background checks, as well as strict licensing, registration, and storage requirements would be the best option, but it appears to me that many gun rights advocates are opposed to these types of measures. Any other suggestions?

Scottie Poindexter
Scottie Poindexter

Michael, I was referring ghetto, single mothers also known as hood rats who have kids from multiple partners. The type you saw on the news who were fighting at the public aid office in East St. Louis. A typical, single mother regardless of class does care. I was referring to the bad ones. As far as statistics, turn on the five o'clock news and watch the crimes being committed by minorities who were raised by hood rats.

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

Most the people committing crimes with guns don't have legal guns anyhow....so exactly how does more laws for them to ignore work?

Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt

Scottie "single mothers don't care about lives being taken." Do you have any evidence to back this up? Because all the single mothers I know love their children very much and prefer that they don't kill people. Adam, saying that more guns decreases gun violence is the same thing as saying more cars decreases traffic. Again, do you have evidence to back up your claims?

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

Gun control aimed at the 1% of illegal sales specifically sold to inner city criminals could be fixed but the NRA and it's lobbyists have made it impossible. Obviously if you don't care about stopping the illegal sales that are designed for one purpose only, it does seem like you consider the people targeted by them- disposable.

Amy Menefee
Amy Menefee

No I don't agree, why does everything have to have a color?

Adam Badtothe Bohn
Adam Badtothe Bohn

On the converse, increased availability of guns in the hands of citizens would save lives in those areas, which, given those demographics would actually save 'black lives'. Such a buffoon.

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

I personally believe more safeguards, stricter background checks and harsher penalties for gun crimes (and crimes committed with a gun to which you are registered) should be considered, but what Senator Chappelle-Nadal says here is detrimental to any momentum behind these things happening. Quite unfortunate.

Scottie Poindexter
Scottie Poindexter

She should be addressing that ghetto, single mothers don't care about lives being taken. Before going to the gun control critics, she should be addressing the issues within the black community and then go straight for the critics.

George Sladek
George Sladek

THIS IS NOT A RACIAL ISSUE...THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE...IF GANGS WANT TO KILL EACH OTHER OFF THEY WILL FIND A WAY...CHILDREN ARE BEING KILLED IN THE CROSSFIRE...SOMETIMES WHILE IN THEIR HOMES... GET GUNS OFF THE STREET...

Adam Badtothe Bohn
Adam Badtothe Bohn

How ignorant of her; has she seen Chicago? Gun control endangers lives - just look at the Progressive enclaves that enact some of the most stringent policies.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

When you have no rational argument, call 'em racist. Works every time.

DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee topcommenter

This woman is insane, and by playing the race card by saying those against her "don't care about black lives being taken" shows she has no real comprehension of the problem.


12judges
12judges

Maria, you couldn't be more wrong.  Gun owners like myself are concerned about crime and violence in our inner cities.  Where we differ with you is your and anti-gun pols' insistence that the evolution and origin of these problems is the guns available on the street.  Instead of insinuating rural Missourians (read "white" people...see what she did there) don't care about your community, perhaps you should be asking yourself why young black men care so little for their community and other young black men.  Or why parents in your rep district KNOW their kids are involved in crime, drugs and death and do nothing.  Or why there exists a pervasive sub-culture of violence and degradation within the african-american community nationwide and why black leadership like yourself continue to to BE SILENT AND UNCRITICAL IN THE EXTREME OF THE BAHAVIOR WITHIN THEIR DEMOGRAPHIC.  Guns are not the problem in inner-city neighborhoods Maria, the culture is.  But changing the culture is too tough isn't it?  Too hard.  To much time and so little political reward at the end of the day.  It's easier to go for the low-hanging fruit...gun control, handouts, jobs and racism to explain why young blacks are killing each nationwide at epidemic levels.

Go ahead and pass legislation Maria.  You won't see violence in your district reduced one bit.  Keep passing the buck.

st_louis63104
st_louis63104

Beat me to it, 12.  She's another victicrat. 

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