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Whether it is 1968 or 2012. The assassination of Dr. King, a random shooting in a movie theater, on highway overpasses or at an elementary school, socioeconomic challenges are impacting America’s quality of life.
Despite gun control laws for hunters and citizens alike, some who advocate “Open-Carry”, nothing has been able to convincingly regulate or stop a deranged mind from killing innocent people. Some have attempted to blame it on video games, violence in movies, drug wars, or the need for increased personal protection. The need for guns legally and use of guns illegally, has reached a tipping point.
Many remember the fully armored man who walked into the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, just as a gun scene was taking place in the new Batman movie and opened fire on innocent movie goers, killing 12 and wounding 58.
How safe are our streets, schools and even places of worship when mental and/or emotional instability rules the day?
While the question and conversation is a complex one, that many have debated and fought over for decades, “We must change” says President Barack Obama in a recent speech from Newton, Connecticut. Let’s face it; no one wants to become victim to a home invasion, carjacking or to be shot at while walking through a shopping mall.
Many proclaim and the point is undisputable, gun violence has been occurring in Urban America everyday and for a long time. An honest conversation would bring up the money trail, despite get-tough election promises, congressional hearings and debates with organizations like the National Rifle Association. The elephant in the room is how are guns making their way into the hands of those who mean harm? Should a gun or guns, in the case of the Newtown gunman, be allowed in a home where there is mental instability?
Having asked that question, it is a well know fact that access to guns, especially in urban communities, are as easy to get as buying candy from a store. When it is all said and done, innocent lives are taken, both young and old. Unfortunately, as crime increases across the country, Michigan’s budget nightmare has resulted in the nation’s largest percentage drop in police employees over the past decade.