Chicago Anti-Violence Activist Gunned Down After Anti-Violence Fundraiser

The NRA (National Rifle Association) held their annual conference chock full of arguments against tougher gun control legislation in Indianapolis, Indiana. In nearby Chicago, Illinois the irony machine was broken when an anti-violence activist was shot and killed when she returned from an anti-violence fundraiser last Friday night. According to NBC Chicago, Leonore Draper, 32, had just returned to her home when she fell victim to an apparent drive-by shooting.

At the time of the shooting, Draper — an anti-violence activist — was returning from a fundraiser for teen anti-violence group Project Orange Tree. Draper was one of 27 people wounded overnight by gunfire in Chicago. Yep, keep up the great work, NRA; you guys rock!

Leonore Draper had just returned home from A Charitable Confection, a fundraiser for teen anti-violence group Project Orange Tree, when she was shot outside of her home in the 1300 block of West 116th Street, police said. Officers said they heard shots fired in the area around 10:30 p.m. and when they arrived at the scene, they found Draper, 32, in her car with gunshot wounds to the arm and chest.


A neighbor said she didn’t realize Draper had been shot until she saw the shattered car window.


“I saw her and I kept waiting for her to get out of her car but she didn’t and then I noticed her window was shot out,” said Robin Anderson. “She was 32. That’s it.”

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Lenore Draper


Draper was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where she later died, officials said.

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I’m not sure if Draper’s death will make national headlines. To be honest, I doubt that it will given that the gun control debate has all but died. With a renewed effort from advocates the likes of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, I hope that it does. Just in time for the 2014 midterm elections, Bloomberg intends to spend $50 million this election cycle to advance the fight for new gun control legislation.

The new organization will combine Mayors Against Illegal Guns — a group formed by Bloomberg and former Boston mayor Tom Menino — and another group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which was founded shortly after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Those shootings were the impetus for the latest failed attempt at increased background checks for gun-buyers.


lenore-draper-gun-violence-chicago (1)“There is no question that more needs to be done to tackle this deadly problem, and that’s why more than 1.5 million Americans, nearly 1000 mayors and moms in all 50 states have already come together to fight for common-sense reform that will respect rights and save lives,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “This new organization will bring more people into the fight against gun violence, which affects every town in America.”

With Chicago having the dubious distinction of being the epicenter of gun violence as highlighted by President Barack Obama in the wake of the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton. To me, it just seems right that Draper would be the face of this renewed push.

Fpr Draper tpo die in vain would be tragic.