Obama Honored With RFK Human Rights Award, Addresses Gun Violence in Acceptance Speech

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Former President Barack Obama was graced with another award since his departure from the White House, this time the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award.

For the former president, the notion of winning an award about hope resonated with him.

“I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but I’ve been on this hope kick for a while now,” he said in his acceptance speech. “Even ran a couple of campaigns on it.”

Obama addressed multiple issues in his acceptance speech but particularly spoke of gun violence and the progress that has been made by anti-gun violence activists.

He compared modern shootings to the political assassinations of Bobby Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr.

“The horror of gun violence continues to plague our nation, a pain that many in this room know too well,” he said. “The bullets that took Bobby, JFK, and Dr. King are just like the bullets that took Trayvon, and those school children in Newtown, and those police officers in Dallas, and those concertgoers in Vegas, and those congregants in Thousand Oaks.”

But he highlighted the progress that has been made by people affected by gun violence who turned around to advocate. He spoke about how former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) recovered after what could’ve been a deadly gunshot wound. He addressed Rep.-elect Lucy McBath (D-Ga.), who ran her campaign in November on the promise of advocating for gun control legislation

“Six years ago, Lucy McBath’s son was shot and killed in the parking lot of a gas station because the kids in the car were playing music too loud, apparently. She turned her grief into hope and her hope into a seat in the next Congress, running unabashedly against the gun lobby in the great state of Georgia.”

Obama concluded by addressing the students who organized March for Our Lives in the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

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Obama said that Kennedy was an inspiration and an example to him. Since the former senator’s passing, the former president remarked that progress has ultimately been made.

“The story of the last 50 years is the story of a more just and peaceful world,” Obama said. “I have seen it. I have lived it. You have, too.

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Leftiesrloony
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Leftiesrloony

Nice way to make a joke of the award! Makes it’s value no more than a participation award!

Mandy
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I would believe Obama was sincere if he had addressed the serious gun violence and many murders in Chicago while he was president. All he did was send Rahm there and nothing has changed except the media has quit giving out the body count data.

Cherl
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And exactly what did his hope accomplish? Reminded of and old song…….Wishing and Hoping by Dusty Springfield. Or the cliche that talk is cheap. All these awards mean nothing. They’ve become nothing more than participation awards for a president who was way in over his head. His ego is just a big as Trump’s.

Jaakko
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How much does our culture of violence and lack of respect (self and authority) impact the younger generation
• Movies
• Video Games

Finland and Switzerland have some of the highest per capita gun ownership in the world, yet some of the lowest gun violence. Both of them are small culturally homogeneous and well educated societies. USA is not.

Mexico is the number two most dangerous country (after Syria – civil war) due to cartels.

Jaakko
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Gun Violence – There are a lot of emotional arguments on both sides, so let’s break down the official numbers from the CDC:
• There are 32,000 deaths a year from Gun Violence in the USA – 40,100 in car accidents (2017)
• 60% are suicides = 19,200
• 33% are homicides = 10,560
• However 80% of them are gang related = 8,448.
• That leaves 2,112 in society of 312 million

America does not have a gun problem. We have significant problems with education, culture, and socio-economics

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