President Obama can't end gun violence in Chicago. If he comes to Chicago in hopes of doing something to stop the gun violence, he is wasting his time. The violence in Chicago does not exist because we need tougher gun laws. Let me say it again. The gun violence in Chicago does not exist because we need tougher guns laws. The people who are committing these shootings are not acquiring guns legally anyway, so tougher guns laws won't necessarily deter people from acquiring guns. A huge factor in our gun problem is parents not raising their children.
The Sandy Hook shootings were a result of parents not raising their children properly and the need for tougher gun laws. The mother of Adam Lanza knew that her son suffered from mental issues and she should have known better than to introduce him to guns and give him access to them. She should not have been able to purchase such high powered guns.
Most violent crimes committed in urban cities occur with illegally obtained guns. These people don't care that they are supposed to obtain a license or wait a certain period of time before being allowed to purchase a gun. These people have no respect for the law so even if you change the law, they will not care. I would be willing to bet that most murders are from single parent homes where they have not been raised properly. If President Obama wants to make a difference, maybe he needs to re-read part of his Father's Day speech from 2008 when he was a candidate for President. Maybe he should take a caravan across the country urging parents to start raising their children. Here is an excerpt of his speech that is pertinent to this issue:
"We know the statistics – that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.
How many times in the last year has this city lost a child at the hands of another child? How many times have our hearts stopped in the middle of the night with the sound of a gunshot or a siren? How many teenagers have we seen hanging around on street corners when they should be sitting in a classroom? How many are sitting in prison when they should be working, or at least looking for a job? How many in this generation are we willing to lose to poverty or violence or addiction? How many?
Yes, we need more cops on the street. Yes, we need fewer guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. But we also need families to raise our children. We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child – it’s the courage to raise one."
Even if there are tougher penalties for gun possession, I don't believe that the inner city violence will decrease by much because these people don't have a conscience. The threat of prison doesn't factor into their actions. They need someone to teach them empathy and compassion for their fellow man. That someone should have been their parents before they got to the point of killing someone. I addressed a similar issue in a previous blog about Chicago's homicide problems beginning at home.
Limiting the types of guns that can be purchased and enacting purchasing rules may help the problem, but it won't eliminate it. I think that mandatory prison sentences for gun possession would be a good start to addressing this issue. Tougher sentencing could have prevented the the recent murder of an honor student in Chicago, because one of her accused killers was on probation for weapons possession.
I wish President Obama good luck as he searches for ways to solve this growing problem in our country.
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