You can throw all the resources you want at communities and outreach programs. You can also lead a horse to water, but that doesn't make it drink.
How many times have you told your teen to clean their room, brush their hair, do this or do that so you will be better in life? So your life will go well. If you have kids, more specifically if you have teens you know exactly where this is going. Where there is a kid with an attitude there is potential for trouble. When a kid with an attitude has a few drinks and hops in the driver seat of a car he becomes a potential killer. When a kid decides you're opinion is out dated and irrelevant and they have learned everything there is to learn about life, they take on their own choices and the consequences that follow.
In "hoods" (rich ones and poor ones) there are lots of adults with problems. They tend to take out their troubles on a bottle or in some cases drugs. Teens, however, are enticed into violence. This is more and more because of the overwhelming presence of violent media. So what does a kid do when they have a beef with someone? When they have been "dissed" by someone? well, they hook up with some friends and go find that someone and beat the living daylights out of them. What happens when they do that and that someone recovers, complete with grudge and anger in tow? They either fetch their own "gang" of friends or fetch a one man approach...a weapon. Sometimes a gun.
Lets be serious here, the whole thing is wrong from the get go. Turn and walk away is the best plan of action, no one has the right to gang up on anyone else and beat them up, and no one has the right to use a gun and take someones life. No, Certainly not. One bad deed births another? No! Stop it! Stop the violence!
That is the problem. It is how decisions are made. is it worth it to give up your life of freedom over the mere fact that someone just "dissed" you? So now you have to cock a gun hammer, pull the trigger and send that piece of pointed metal flying into the body of another human being? Of course not! So then the police find you, they almost always do, and drag you off to jail. Then you go through court and cost your families hundreds of thousands of dollars and grief and pain over that ill fated decision of yours that can never never be erased? Really? was it worth it? Of course not. Was "defending your honour" worth the jail time and the abuse you WILL suffer while in jail? If a street slight offended you on the outside how offended will you be when you get daily slights from jailhouse offenders?
Of course these questions are all for real and no one wants to go to jail, so what to do about the gun violence? Can we ban violent games? No, can we ban guns? sure, they are all ready, I mean no one is allowed to walk around a school or the streets with a gun in Canada, but there is lots to be had under the table, so, thats not the answer.
The answer lies in teaching our children good decision making skills. starting with walking away.
The exchange of your freedom for that persons life is a bad deal. Bad for both sides.
Can the city do anything to curve street violence? I point you to the revitalization of Regent Park in Toronto. New community center. New playgrounds, new programs, but still the bullets are flying. There has to be a better way.
The Artists Journey
This is my blog page and it is where I get to be the opinionated man that I really am. The views are my own.
I invite your replies and comments, on my virtual welcome mat.
This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.