KENDLLB360 Posted February 5, 2016 at 09:12 PM Share Posted February 5, 2016 at 09:12 PM Im new to this whole 2nd amendment rights in our country. Im a young African American, with a old timers viewpoint on life. I know firsthand about guns and the lives they take. Especially in the inner city limits where people are murdered routinely. However, in my personal opinion, its not brought on by the weapons themselves but yes by the ones handling them. Of course. But what people are missing is the environments and conditions that lead to the violence. Most people who talk down on guns due to the killing rate, associate a vast majority of the killings to gangs and drugs. Which is absolutely true. But they fail to realize what created the gangs and fed their violence. The racism that many minorities faced during the 40s-70s in blk and Latino communities is what led to these gangs starting as social groups to protect their families and their friends from currupt police officials and politicians who smashed families on top of families in small project apartments and homes. And abused their power with many of these people in these areas. Needless to say, these gangs formed to combat the abuse and the conditions they were facing. Then came the drugs being pushed into the communities. Which led to the violence because was seen as a way out of the poverty that many were living. With mo jobs, no education due to underqualified schools these gang members turned to drug money as a way to provide food for their families. Despite the fact that it only was self destruction of their own people. Their own race. Leading to gang wars over drug territory. It became less about building their community and more about making money and controlling "turf". I admit times were not as bad back then as now with the crime rate, due to a new generation of young gang members with no moral sense, no parental guidance as most parents are young and immature themselves now adays. But you know what? From my point of view, the violence escalating is not the fault of the gangs in themselves or guns being to easy to get ahold of by gang members. If you ask me, i blame the authorities. The FBI, and the police. I know how they abuse people in these communities unjustifiably. Literally violating constitutional rights of many knowing they are ignorant of the law. And perfect targets of abuse at the hands of those who were sworn to serve and protect. Though they may do their job right in many "white" areas, suburban or city wise, when it comes to areas of minorities they are not viewed or treated as equals or Americans. So that feeds the gangs. It feeds their membership and ideologies of how we are really separate from that of your average American. When you know these kids join these gangs, and respect and follow their leadership, and then the FBI want to come and lock up their leadership, it doesn't cripple anything, it only feeds into the violence and disarray on the streets of our cities. I think to help stop the violence in our communities in a nutshell, two things need to happen..1: the FBI, and authorities and politicians need to stop using prison as a deterring tool for crime and violence, and stop thinking stiffer gun laws and more police presence will slow down the gangs membership and violent activity. What needs to happen is they need to start enlisting those most respected by the gangs, and seek ways to sit down and learn to work with the gangs and not against them. Honestly, this war on drugs and guns is a lost war. Its time to try a new strategy. Instead of locking up thousands just to have thousands more start is pointless. Throwing away young lives for marijuana possession. Which is more harmless than alcohol and cigarettes. We have been attacking these issues totally wrong as a society. The only ones to slow down the violence are the ones committing it. Not the ones being victimized. We have to realize gangs are here to stay. The more you try to stop them, the stronger they will grow and faster. The greater violence will become. Its time to try understanding these gangs, and what feeds them. Try making truths between many rival gangs to stop violence. The FBI knows who every gang member is in these areas. Who is in control. They can hack phones. Messages. Ect. But haven't gotten anywhere in the fight yet? These kids and members need guidance. If you keep forcing prison and more police on them, they will push away more. Lets try not using prison, to scare people out of crime, and use reason. The power of the mouth. Unity. Lets help fix these areas where crime is high. With better education. Jobs. Activities for youth instead of just the gangs they see and drugs. Trying to abolish the gangs will be a never ending battle. I can tell you all that now. So will trying to make stricter laws on guns. Its the true meaning of insanity...as we can see from histories example. 2: we need to try to decriminalize certain drugs. I know it sounds crazy. Believe me. But when you look at it, drugs are here to stay. No one can deny that. The more you try to stop it, the more it becomes true. We fail to realize that everyone deserves the right to treat their bodies how they see fit. We can drink, it causes cancers and other ailments. We smoke cigs, that kill hundreds of thousands weekly. More than guns. Yet we accept it. But how many gun killings come from alcohol or cigs? Not many. Know why? Bc its no profit from violence over those things. But when you have a demand for an item, especially bc its illegal, and hard to get, it will cause violence. Violence, in hopes of making money. Money is the root of all of our problems. People seeking profits. As much as it may sound dumb, the legalization 100% of certain drugs, will literally cause a drastic decline in violence. Nationwide. With legal weed, and with cocaine being legal, for those who "choose" that lifestyle, as they do to turn transgender to say, its their choice. But without weed and cocaine for gangs to feud over for money and power anymore, the gun violence, and turf wars WILL decline. With nothing for them to fight over. There will also be less crowded prisons, and less non violent, good hearted people losing their freedoms in prison for 20 years for selling a few ounces of marijuana to someone. This war on drugs is senseless power struggle of our politicians to keep control as they see fit, and to keep the minority communities in the predicament that they are currently in. Its time to open our eyes to the new world we live in. Its 2016. If we don't make a change now, we risk even worse conditions to come for all of our future generations. Its time to learn from our mistakes. And try a different road. But these are just some of my opinions. As a 25 year old from the heart of where gun crimes are committed. Speaking from a point of view of someone who has seen the damage guns can create especially with gang wars nationwide. But also, one who loves guns, and our 2amd right to carry and possess in order to protect our families, as well as for sport. I hope we continue to fight for those rights for everyone. But that also we recognize the change of times and adjust our way of thinking on many social matters in order to attain what we all wish. A united country, and peace freedom and justice for All. Hopefully i expressed this correctly. And that many will come to agree. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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