Hillary Clinton held a private meeting in Chicago on Monday with the families of prominent victims of recent handgun violence.
The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice were all present at the meeting with the former secretary of state.
The females discussed racial inequality, criminal justice reform, and gun control. Clinton’s first pro-gun control ad debuts on Tuesday.
“She is a mother and she is a woman and I felt she understood where we were coming from, ” told Samaria Rice told CNN . “It doesn’t matter what coloring we are, I felt that she really understand where we are coming from.”
Rice’s son, Tamir, was the 12 -year-old Ohio son fatally shot by police last year for wielding what afterward turned out to be a BB gun. Brown, 18, was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson last year in Ferguson, Missouri, after a scuffle. In 2012, Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a Florida neighbor of his father’s fiancee, for seeming “suspicious.” Davis, also 17, was shot and killed after an debate over loud music with Florida resident Michael David Dunn.
Dunn was the only shooter of the four who was convicted of a crime.
Also in attendance was the family of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15 -year-old girl fatally shot by a gang member in Chicago simply weeks after she performed at President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration. First dame Michelle Obama attended her funeral.
Clinton has been vocally supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice, which gained prominence following Martin’s death.
We all have a responsibility to face these hard truths about race and justice honestly and immediately, she told in a July speech.
When Clinton met with Black Lives Matter activists during a campaign stop in August , she offered tips on how to best get their message across.
Her outreach endeavours have paid off. The former first lady and New York senator is leading with black voters in recent 2016 Democratic polls.
CORRECTION : An earlier version of this post incorrectly told Dunn was the only shooter mentioned who was charged with a crime. Actually, he was the only one convicted . Related On HuffPost :
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