Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Killing our youth: A national passtime?

Ms. Beauty Turner
Killing our youth a national pass time?

It use to be moms apple pie, and baseball that led the nation in pass time now in Black and Latino communities it seems to be the killing of our youth.

Shock waves are being felt all around the nation as well as on the windy city streets of Chicago , as of yet nine more Chicago Public School youth are gunned down and killed right here on American soil over the weekend leading into early spring near April 2008.

“Our youth are going on a suicide murder mission as if they are in a war in Iraq !” according to Arne Duncan CEO of Chicago Public Schools in a recent interview.

In 2007,40 school age youth were shot and killed at the ending of summer .
“This year so far 22 youth have been shot and killed and summer haven’t even begin yet!”

Instead of colorful pompoms being shake at pep rallies or cockwheels, and splits being done by cheerleaders for basketball , baseball and football games, youth are protesting, marching and rallying in the streets in front of the Thompson Center demanding that more be done to end the killing and are asking for stricter gun laws.



Mayor Richard M. Daley and Governor Rod R. Blagojevich as well as many community leaders like Father Michael L. Pfleger, CEO of Chicago Public Schools Arne Duncan and people who have lost a child to gun violence such as Ron Holt; Blaire Holt father. Holt is the young man that was shot and killed on a bus in the Roseland area while coming home from school in 2007. They were there demanding stricter gun laws in order to stop the killing.


“Every Child need a license to drive a car but gun seller do not need a license,” Mayor Daley said.

“We need to lobby every politician in Springfield to make stricter gun law’s! Governor Rod R. Blagojevich said in a rally in front of the Thompson center.


“I’m for stricter gun laws;” CEO Arne Duncan said.

“I believe that stricter gun laws will help, but we do need other resources as well!”
CEO Arne Duncan said.

Dario’s Cougar age 17 a student at Simeon High school said “If we had stricter gun laws it will slow the killing down, but it will not stop!”


But Darryl Young a Military veteran disagree with Mayor Daley as well as Governor Blagovic about stricter gun laws.

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“All this killing isn’t because of gun laws but due to a lack of resources in low income communities,” Young said.

“I totally disagree with Mayor Richard M. Daley as well as with the Governor about having more gun laws.

“Stricter gun law what is that going to do?, “All that is going to do is lock up more of our people and throw away the key!” Young added.

“We need much more resources because If this is allowed to continue there will be blood even with striker gun laws!” According to Young

“This random shooting and killing is due to drug tuff this is a drug war otherwise over money!” Community Activist Paul Mc Kinley a member of VOTE Voices of the Ex-Offender said,

A young man by the name of James E. Gierach agrees with Mc Kinley “America society has been transformed by the 1970-2008 Drug War. Drug Prohibition has made drugs like heroin,cocaine,meth and marijuana stronger, cheaper, and more available commodities on the face of the earth.” Gierach added.
“ While guns need to be controlled and regulated There are an estimate 200 million guns in private hands in the U.S) “gun control alone is not the answer to the endless killing, we must end Al Capone’s Prohibition II to stop Tommy Gun.” Gierach continues.
“You want the killing to stop we must legalize, control and regulate drugs, to take the profit out of the drug; to bankrupt gangs and destroy their ability to afford guns.” Gierach ended.

According to Diane Coles a grandmother of three who strongly disagreed with all of them she think that the killing wouldn’t happen if they had better parenting and by putting the fear of God in our youth!

“A wise man once said that a nation is judge by the laughter of their children and our children are crying!”
So what does that say about our nation?

2 Comments:

At April 18, 2008 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Ms. Regi said...

I agree that we need to have gun laws that are more strict as well as providing other avenues for income for our youth. More training programs for jobs and for college. We need to encourage black entreprenuership in our comunities and teach our youth about financial planning, working, saving, checking, stocks and bonds, investing. We need to take our children to church and not send them. We need to teach them that Life is a precious Gift from God and we should cherish it and not take it away.

All these videos and songs portraying Drug Dealers, Pimps, Gangsters, wearing their pants down below their behinds won't get them anything but jail and worst yet 6 feet under.

We can't blame it all on being in the Ghetto we as parents, grand parents, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, and neighbors need to be held accountable too.

 
At January 4, 2009 at 4:17 PM , Blogger James E. Gierach said...

Obama’s Drug Czar: Not Capone’s Friend
President-elect Obama’s new drug czar needs to be someone other than another friend of Big Al. So, speak up.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 50 tons – once for each ton of illicit narcotic drugs seized in a 2004 week in Iran (“Police raids kill 58, net 50 tons of drugs,” Chicago Tribune, 6/6/04): The drug war doesn’t work. Four years later, record opium production in U.S. troop-cluttered Afghanistan, again, proves the point.
Tell Obama. Not only does it not work but the drug war funds terrorists abroad and gangbangers at home. Prohibition drug war enables the bad guys, keeps addicts and the sick-and-dying from their “medicine,” permits amateurish drug manufacturing and packaging, and forfeits the right of government to regulate and control illicit drug dosage, purity and labeling. Perhaps worst of all – drug prohibition makes crime happen. Chicago’s spiraling homicide rate threatens, again, to earn the Windy City the unwanted Capone-like mantel, “Murder Capital of America.”
Substance prohibition is a public policy that made Al Capone rich and proud. It is a policy that promises equal opportunity in the Land of Opportunity. And it’s a policy that redistributes the wealth from predominantly rich white drug users to minority poor black and brown sellers.
Obama knows that the prohibition of drugs results in one heroin overdose death a day on average in the Chicago region. He knows that prohibition corrupts the kids, encourages them to dropout of school for “easy money,” busies the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and grows the prisons. He knows that a prison-laden society undermines families and dulls the collective sensitivity to solitary confinement, human suffering and super-max Towers of Tamms. He knows that a burgeoning U.S.-prison environment teaches Abu Ghraib values, makes slippery the straight and narrow, and transforms a Golden Rule-based society into an informant-based one, rewarding the culpable informant who saves himself from Draconian drug-sentencing by sacrificing his coworker.
But tell Obama so he knows that you know. The war on drugs is the heart of so many American crises. Some of those crises include: street gangs, guns, addict crime, turf-war crime, elevated school dropout rates, the transmission of the HIV-virus and the spread of AIDS by addicts sharing dirty needles (since allowing access to clean ones would “send the wrong message”), unnecessary burdening of healthcare, the endemic corruption of specialized Chicago police units like the old Gangs Crime Unit and Special Operations Section (SOS), not to the exclusion of ordinary beat cops and the keepers of drug evidence, the funding of al Qaeda and bin Laden workers, the annual export of billions of U.S. dollars in exchange for Colombian, Mexican, Afghan and Golden Triangle drugs, and the exacerbation of trade imbalance. Tell him.
Aside from profuse collateral damage caused by the drug war, those who battle the direct harm caused by drug abuse know the basic tenants underlying the drug field. It is easier to make a new addict than to cure and old one. An addict is better off in the hands of a responsible government-regulated and trained drug mentor than in the hands of a drug dealer. A controlled substance is less dangerous than an uncontrolled and unregulated substance. Tell Obama.
The American voter isn’t stupid. Neither is Obama.
President-elect Obama – we need an end to drug prohibition and a drug czar committed to treating drugs like a health problem, not a law-enforcement problem. We need harm-reduction. We need drug policy reform. Sock it to us, Barrack – appoint a Gierach-like drug czar.
James E. Gierach, L.E.A.P. Speaker, see Leap.cc.
(708) 951-1601
11.25.08

 

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