Gun Control Advocate Buys a Gun
Kevin Felts 09.22.17
When I say this article on National Public Radio (NPR) about a gun control advocate buying a gun, the first thoughts were of a hypocrite saying one thing, then doing something else.
Sadly, this story is not about gun control, but one of inner city survival.
Camiella Williams is an anti-violence advocate, who works hard to teach people other ways of dealing with problems, but she’s lost more than two dozen friends and family members to Chicago’s gun violence in recent years.
Every other hour is roughly how often someone gets shot in Chicago since a surge of violence began last year. It’s also the name of a yearlong series on gun violence from our member station there, WBEZ. We’ve been focusing this week on who picks up a gun and why.
Please take a few minutes and listen to the podcast.
The young lady went from being involved in gang violence, to working on her Masters degree. Unfortunately, even though the young lady improved her life, the community around her stayed the same.
What I take away from the interview, the community leaders failed the people who voted them into office. Rather than looking for ways to lift people up, the proposed solution was gun control, which turned out to be a failure.
This is yet another example of how criminals disregard gun laws. The honest truth is, no amount of laws in the world will stop gun crime.
Rather than focusing on gun control, maybe the efforts would have been better served with community outreach programs. Rather than improving the education and job skills of the community, activists focus on gun control.
In the end, the young lady moved to a safe neighborhood, and bought a gun.