blue in the face, but nothing is going to change until the gang members decide to
put their guns down. Although the Republicans have been regressive and a
HUGE obstruction to America, it would not help if they agreed to tougher/tighter
gun laws, as the gangs will still be able to get their guns. We can try to dismay
our young Black brothers and sisters about being in gangs and picking up guns,
but they already have been pitched with an overly inflated idea that they must
fight for their turf.
than that, as it is about surviving. No one supports illegal drug sales a.k.a. street
pharmacists, but some of these folks know no other way to survive so they result
to selling drugs and are violent enough to kill one other to sale those drugs.
Some of the gang members do not have parents or any guardian to love and take care of them so they turn to the streets
to receive not only love and acceptance, but also respect. Yes, sometimes that respect comes with a demand and results
in violence and possibly murder, but after awhile, they become desensitized and will do anything to protect what they feel
belongs to them.
To me, it seems senseless, but I was raised in a two-parent home, and in that two-parent home were a plethora of
weapons. Although we were considered to be poor, I had parents who were concerned with my whereabouts, took me
to the hospital when I needed stitches and gave me medicine when I caught a cold. My parents did not say they loved
me, but their compassion said it all. Most gang members do not have that.
But, bump all that mushy-gushy feel-good junk! That is no excuse for anyone to not have any regard to life.
Statistically, it is reported that most of the Bloods and Crips are Black African American boys and girls between the ages
of 16 and 22. However, there is some gang members who proudly declare they are in it for life. Whatever! For them,
they will never reach the realization and/or concern that their actions have only two definite outcomes: prison or the
grave. If they do not care for their own lives, how can we expect them to care for the innocent bystanders being killed
by their stray bullets?
Some of the females join for the same reason as the males, to receive that unconditional love they are not getting at
home. They will prostitute themselves as well as hold and carry weapons and drugs to demonstrate their allegiance.
ultimately land them to prison and the grave, the gang member is only
concerned about the present. They do not look past today or even
tomorrow, because in their mind, it is about getting fast money. They
know they cannot afford "bling" working at fast-food restaurants, but with
enough drug sales (bangin') they can get all the gold jewelry, cash,
vehicles and expensive sports clothing.
dysfunctional family, I cannot relate to these youngsters. We also had
of those guns. In our minds, guns had the potential to wound, but my parent's wrath was known as the ultimate and
quickest death. We had our minds made up!
While growing up, I had three brothers and three sisters, so I knew I was not going to be a CK (a.k.a. Crip Killer), a
MOB (a.k.a. Member of Bloods) and or a dawg and/or baller. Moreover, since I flunked Spanish in high school, I
certainly doubt I would have been accepted in the gangs, as I certainly would not be able to learn to speak Kiswahili (a.k.
a. Swahili). Besides, as the youngest of seven, I had a thing about sharing; gang life just would not have worked for me.
I appreciate the color blue, but red can be too loud sometimes. As a youngster, I learned the meaning of the pledge of
allegiance and I began to truly loathe it, so I doubt I would be willing to learn and recite a new allegiance to a gang. I am
not afraid to die, but I can proclaim an allegiance to die at least not by a gun and not for my dawgs and homies.
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|The great Michael Cottman wrote an article titled, "Black Community Needs Obama’s Voice on
Urban Gun Violence".
Key points from Mr. Cottman's commentary:
"…black gang members show absolutely no remorse after pulling a trigger and taking a
That is just the problem, a lack of remorse. If they do not have any concern for their own lives,
least they have any concern for anyone else's.
"The black community needs the president’s voice — and leadership."
There is nothing President Obama can do or say to anyone who has already made up their mind to
commit murder. Sadly, it is bigger than Obama and the rest of us.
"…some black folks generally don’t like to discuss the root causes of gun violence in
I believe the root cause is poverty and no sure way to get out. In some cases, these folks do not
have discipline or guidance and acting out of frustration with their situation and surroundings. If
they feel no one cares [for them], then they conclude, so what. For most of them, it is easier to
live and die by the gun - without fear. As poet and rapper Tupac once said, it is the living that is
fearful and harder.
"Sadly, America has the highest rate of gun ownership of any country in the world.
Meanwhile, there have been 32 gun homicides per day, every day for the past ten years,
according to statistics. That is about 60 times the rate of U.S. military deaths in wars over
the past 10 years, and more than 3 times the average of all murders in most developing
The U.S. is fully aware that there is money in guns, so they have no problems with buying mass
amounts. While some of our politicians claim they want weapon reform, they are blowing a lot of
hot air as they surreptitiously tell the people one thing; they wholeheartedly support the NRA.
"In February, Obama traveled to the South Side of Chicago and spoke to 16 black male
students who are growing up poor, troubled, and some without fathers in their lives."
I am glad Obama as well as activists have mentioned the myriad of murders in Chicago, however,
the violence continues. It is as if we are supposed to be desensitized. Sadly, no one has the
answers. I suppose we can continue to mention the problem and hope that it will go away?
"When did black life become so cheap? And when will the violence end?"
I can easily agree with each of these replies:
they work for what they want, put down their guns and stop polluting our streets, then they
will receive all the respect they could have ever hoped. If they would just stop acting
childish, then they would receive much respect.
parents would have allowed it. Unless these parent(s) are scared of them. Better yet,
perhaps the thug life results in additional funds for the household. (Could be, I do not
know.) Worse, if there were a special on the parent's of these thugs, it would show
numerous drug-addicted mothers and/or absent fathers.
young women accept the abuse being portrayed. However, what is worse is that some of
our youngsters do not have any role models in their lives and feel that the glamorous lives of
celebrities is the best they can do. It is so true that some of us older folks behave as thugs.
We do not teach our children how to be responsible by getting up early every morning and
going to work so we can feed and take care of our children. We do not emphasize the
importance of education. Instead of reading a book or going outside with our children, we
are quick to allow television to raise and entertain them. We, all of us - even if we are not
biological parents - are responsible for all of the children. It has been reported that children
make up 1/3 of the population, however 100 percent of the children are our future.
The True Enemy
However, all of us must be honest with ourselves as well as each other.
We must be responsible for not only ourselves, but for each other and
realize when this law was written. It was written in 1791!
had rudimentary rifling, used flintlock for firing and were single-shot
weapons. (Some of those weapons leaked gas!)
Guns in 1791 did not have interchangeable parts and the smokeless powder was not invented until 1885. The percussion
cap, which is necessary for modern cartridge bullets, was not invented until 1842. It was impossible for a gun user to load
bullets from a clip, as that capability was not invented until 1890. Breech-block loading did not become popular until 1810.
Some have said that the reason for the Second Amendment to the Constitution gave us the right to protect us from the
enemy, but we must realize who the enemy was at that time. Today, we are our own [worst] enemy. I believe we need
guns, but I do not believe that every citizen should have the legal right to own them. Americans have too many guns!
…compared to other Countries.
Bryant went on a killing spree that ended with 35 people dead and 23
people wounded. Before the murders, Bryant was able to purchase an
AR-10 from a newspaper advertisement along with large amounts of
ammunition. It was unknown where he purchased the M1 carbine or the
USAS 12-gauge shotgun, but had mass amounts of ammunition for each
of them. The weapons and ammunition were all purchased without a
firearm's license, which is a requirement for all citizens in order to own
any firearms or ammunition. Bryant was given 35 life sentences without
the possibility of parole.
control. Their new law banned semiautomatic and automatic rifles and
shotguns. It also instituted a mandatory buy-back program for newly
banned weapons. Within a decade - after the law was implemented - the
Australia's law was evident that it was effective.
Olympics-style starting pistols. Also banned, are flintlock pistols, retrofitted flare
guns and flare pistols. Legal guns, including farm and sports rifles and shotguns
must be kept in floor-bolted lock boxes. Their police perform random
inspections and vigorous inquiries about the mental health and family life of
1996 and 2010.
rifles and a handgun, shot and killed sixteen people including his mother, and
wounded fifteen others. Later, he fatally shot himself. In 1988, semiautomatic
weapons were banned along with limited sales of some types of shotguns.
(Semiautomatic weapons in the UK was extremely rare.)
In 1989, Robert Sartin, 22, killed one man and left 14 people injured during a twenty-minute shooting spree.
In 1996, 43-year-old Thomas Hamilton entered a school and shot and killed 16 children and 1 adult before killing himself.
Afterwards, there was a ban on most handguns and the new law made it more difficult to own sporting. In addition, the
new law required physicians to report any new patients that were being treated for mental illnesses, including depression.
The law became more precise when in 1997 tens of thousands of weapons were collected and removed from legal gun
owners in exchange for their fair market value. The band resulted in cutting off supplies of stolen handguns and ended
the sale of future gun purchases.
In 2005, there was increased gun-sweeps and it was proven that far less guns were accessible.
In 2010, 12 people had been killed and 11 people were injured; the suspect killed himself.
Although Britain did not notice an immediate change, the rates of homicides declined due to stricter gun laws. As of
today, Monday, September 23, 2013 it was reported that over the last 365 days, firearms was used to murder 95 people in
the U.K. Compare that to the 12,000 people murdered here in the U.S.
Britain's chief of police officer Andy Marsh puts in a matter of morality when he stated, " What we have in the U.K. now
are significantly lower levels of gun crime, levels that continue to fall today. People say you can’t unwind hundreds of
years of gun history and culture [in America], but here in the U.K., we’ve learned from our tragedies and taken steps to
reduce the likelihood of them ever happening again."
When will our politicians learn from THEIR mistakes? How many of our American families - Black, White, Red or
Yellow - has to die before someone - anyone - takes a stand?
As stated, I do not believe anyone has the answers to end the violence in Chicago or in any other City. However, I can
only propose we make sure that the gangs do not expand. Children make up 1/3 of the U.S. population, but they are
100% of our future. Therefore, we must take all of the children and raise them to be productive members of society.
have a better chance at saving them. We must teach them all that glitters
is not gold.
We must teach and point out their REAL and TRUE enemy and that
enemy is neither another Black man nor the average White Joe on the
street. Instead, their enemy should be known as and is The Man a.k.a.,
the United States government.
Our young Black troubled brothers and sisters need to know that they are playing right into The Man's plan when they
shoot and kill one another because they are using guns. The NRA financially supports politician's campaigns thus the
politicians will never rule against the NRA. Whether guns are sold legally or illegally - as long as they are used - the
NRA makes money. Neither the NRA nor the government cares that another person has lost their life, just as long as the
money continues to flow into their pocket.
Our troubled Black youth need to know that their use and sale of illegal drugs was not only designed to kill [off] the Black
race, but also to funnel money inside the U.S. The more Blacks are caught using and/or selling drugs, the more money
the government makes because there are more prisoners filling their prisons.
Our troubled Black youth need to know that the only way to beat their true enemy is to realize that the money they make
by killing one another and selling drugs to one another, enriches the government.
We must teach them that instead of fighting one another over turf of drug sales and murdering one another, they should
be fighting racism, police brutality and government hypocrisy.
We must teach them to break the cycle and inconsistent statistics about Blacks in general and prove to them that they can
be the president of the most powerful nation on earth.
We can pray, but we must remember that faith without works is dead and it is our job to start initiatives and continue the
job until we have helped all those who want our assistance.
2. South Korea - 605
3. Hong Kong - 602
4. Taiwan - 591
5. Japan - 585
6. North Ireland - 562
7. Belgium - 549
8. Finland - 545
9. England - 542
10. Russia - 542
11. United States - 541
2. South Korea
3. Hong Kong SAR
6. United Kingdom
8. New Zealand
Quality of Life
6. United States
10. United Kingdom
The True Enemy
Although the U.S. has had a war on drugs for 42 years, the U.S. has the highest level of cocaine and marijuana use in the
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse Center (NIDA), there is a criminal injustice of statistics being used
against Black students. The NIDA's research has discovered the following:
many of our Black brothers and sisters are in prison. Blacks do not
receive the same treatment in court therefore they will not receive the
same lengthy sentence as Whites.
that time, it was estimated that 300,000 people were imprisoned for drug
use. Today, 2 million people are in prison due to drug use; a 700%
prison. Today, there are 1 in every 106 White people in prison, but for
Blacks, it is 1 in 15.
Michelle Alexander has found that prisons are currently designed to
known for years that there never ever has been nor will there ever be a government plan for a war on drugs. Ms.
Michelle Alexander proves that as well as the fact that prisoners have ready access to drugs inside prison walls. If there
was a war on drugs, then there would be a decrease in drug use for the past 42 years, but instead, it has increased.
The government is aware that there is money to be made for gun ownership just as well as there is money to be made in
the number of prisoners. This explains why there is no war on drugs and that there are more prisons being built. If the
government actually cared and was serious about the war on drugs, they would have poured the billions of dollars spent
on building prisons and spent the money on rehabilitation instead. (The money could have also been used to buy books
and after-school programs.)
A partial quote from the -documentary "The House I Live In": our government knows that it cannot imprison Blacks for
being Black, but they can imprison Blacks for using drugs. "The House I Live In" was directed by Eugene Jarecki and
received critical recognition as it found that there never was a war on drugs. The documentary reported that Whites
easily accepted cocaine but when Blacks started using, it became detrimental, as the use of cocaine threatened the jobs
of White men. (It is has been reported that the initial side effects cocaine gives the user an euphoric feeling. After using
cocaine, one has the tendency to have increased energy and is more alert; the mood is elevated with a feeling of
|If these facts and statistics do not prove that America creates its enemies within, nothing will.
If these facts and statistics do not prove that America is its own enemy, our society will be doomed.
There is no political will nor desire to end the violence in America.
We need to realize and accept the FACT that the enemy is us!
|Facts & Statistics
|The U.S. has too many weapons!
|There Has NEVER Been A War On Drugs In America!
the worst shooting to ever take place on an American military base.)