A voicer in the New York Daily News wrote this in today's paper:
"When I was about 9 and living in Detroit, my brother's 15-year-old best friend was shot and killed by another teenager. By the time I graduated from high school in 1986, I couldn't count the number of friends and acquaintances who had been shot and killed. Every day, I read of another person - more often than not, a child - being shot and killed. Today, I read of 13-year-old Scotty Scott (photo) being killed in Harlem this past Friday. A life lost, along with many, many others across this country (and beyond) by that almighty gun. Where are all these guns coming from? It seems to me that there is an invisible original source that has no accountability to the people, for lost lives and to families in misery. Something's gotta give - other than more lives."
Heart wrenching, yes! But it got me thinking about this topic from a different perspective than I used to think about guns.
I don't like them! It's very simple for me. BUT the consitution allows us to bear arms.
I don't own a gun. I never held a gun. I might someday at a gun range but probably that would be it. I've walked around rough neighborhoods at sometimes odd hours. I still don't want a gun.
Granted I don't have to live in those places. But it's still a choice. I choose not to exercise my right to own a gun.
Illegal gun or legal gun I think is the wrong way to look at this problem. Why do you have the gun? What's your intent? What choices do you have that brought you to owning that gun? What choices brought you to using that gun?
OK it's a tough neighborhood but that doesn't mean you don't have other choices besides the "friends" you choose to associate with and the places you choose to hang out. Yes, it may suck to high heaven to be in your apt. all the time when you're not in school or work but if it means you are safe so be it.
Think about it, isn't it the hard things that we have to live through that teach us the most and empower us?
It's no wonder so many young folks feel so disempowered these days. We have done so much to make them never feel pain or have to learn a hard lesson that they have no idea what they can achieve and overcome and accomplish.
It's hard to watch someone you love in pain, but sometimes you just have to step out of the way and let it be their lesson, stand by them, hold their hand and support them through the muck so that they can stand on their own two feet.
That little boy didn't choose to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and he didn't get a choice in where he was living. But the one who shot the gun did have a choice.
The communities have a clear choice to make things better. Note: I didn't say easy choice.
They can discuss honestly that there is a problem with the way they think and live in their communities and make changes about what they teach their children or things can stay the status quo. Because we can legislate all we want and yet over my lifetime I have not seen this problem with guns get any better, just as the voicer mentions in the paper today.