And I agree with much of what you say. In Ohio on our local news everynight there are killings, usually gang/drug related and yes mostly in our black communities.<quoted text>
I agree. I think, unfortunately, this is going to be one area where real meaningful solutions are difficult at best, however.
You've got the inner city crime aspect. We've been trying to solve that for decades. It seems to me, in order to prevent these things from happening, much needs to come about from the very communities who are struggling with this. This problem is largely confined to certain racial groups, and inner city blacks in particular. That's not being racist ... that's just stating a fact.
You have big cultural problems that perpetuate the pattern of violence however ... absent fathers ... low education achievement ... high incarceration rates ... gangs. While I think certain drugs should be decriminalized, which in theory may cut down on incarceration rates (although I suspect many of these will just look for the fast buck via other methods), I don't think you can legislate these things out of existence. These changes need to come about from the communities at issue, themselves. I don't know how you make that happen.
I do know that instead of identify the actual root causes of these problems and targeting them, we tend to get knee jerk reactions ... like banning guns in inner cities? The problem is, criminals, who by definition don't follow laws, will certainly still have them, even with a ban ... also shouldn't law abiding citizens who live in these areas be able to protect themselves?
Then you've got the mental illness aspect. I'm normally not one to put my stock in what any Hollywood actors says, but I think Bruce Willis summed it up very well:
"It's a difficult thing and I really feel bad for those families. I'm a father and it's just a tragedy. But I don't know how you legislate insanity. I don't know what you do about it. I don't even know how you begin to stop that."
How DO you legislate insanity? I don't know ... I haven't the slightest clue what to do about it. I haven't heard any good ideas, either. I think most of us are okay with universal background checks, but that really isn't going to solve our problems, unfortunately. It's more knee jerk, unfortunately.
We all know bans nor background checks will solve all these problems and I have said about one hundred times now I could go and buy a gun off the street right now, no problem..
I don't have the answer either nor do I want to disarm America.
But again as I have said. With 300 plus million guns in the private sector that we know of are we safer? I don't think so.
Crime, murder, drugs and gangs are still here which I think is more of a problem that mental health.
I agree it should start at the community level but many will also fight that..