Mother, May I?
Viewing the Police as parents, we've now come to this:
- Police in Beloit are launching a new effort to reduce gun violence in which they're asking city residents to volunteer to have police search their homes for guns.
Police Chief Norm Jacobs said he doesn't expect the phone to be ringing off the hook with requests for police to search their homes. He nevertheless hopes the program will encourage people to think about gun violence as an infectious disease like Ebola, and a home inspection like a vaccine to help build up the city's immune system.
"Gun violence is as serious as the Ebola virus is being represented in the media, and we should fight it using the tools that we've learned from our health providers,” he said.
Really? Ebola has managed to kill two persons in this country. Granted, those two people shouldn't have even been allowed into the country under normal quarantine procedures, but that doesn't even come close to a really violent weekend in Chicago.
- Jacobs said he hopes some searches will result in the discovery of guns they didn't know were in their own homes. He said that there’s also a chance they’ll find guns linked to crimes.
“That's really what we're looking for,” he said. “Maybe we'll find a toy gun that's been altered by a youngster in the house — and we know the tragedies that can occur there on occasion.”
There have been seven gun homicides in Beloit this year. Four of the victims were teenagers or young men in their 20s — like Melisha Holloway's 20-year-old son Raymond, who was killed in April. Holloway said too many young men have given up on school.
“Pretty much all those kids and young men just need to be is educated,” said Holloway. “You have a lot of them that barely read at a fifth-grade level yet they're 25 year-old-men. But they know how to work a gun. There's something wrong with that picture."
Yeah, it's called "parenting." And the issue isn't that a 25-year-old can work a gun. Tens-of-thousands of 18-year-olds run million dollar battle tanks along with being able to shoot, strip and clean rifles and pistols. Hell, our children have been taught gun safety since they were old enough to know what a gun was. Even when they were five, knew enough what not to point it at. That's what's lacking. Not this crap.