Cope or Change? (Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job)
From The ODA Blog
Tags: baltimore, baton rouge, dallas, falcon heights, gun laws, Gun Violence, jobs, maryland, poverty
For whatever the reasons, 2016 America is morally unswayed by American-on-American gun violence. Sure, public opinion polls in recent years, including a new CNN poll after the Orlando massacre, consistently show 85-90% of Americans in favor of more expansive background checks for gun owners. I see those numbers and shake my head. If I had my way, I'd jack up a corner of the country so high that all of the guns would fall into the ocean. If you want to kill a deer, sneak up on it and wrestle it to the ground. If you want to shatter clay pigeons, hire a pitching coach and work on your fastball. I'm fine with no guns.
But, I'm not stupid. America loves its guns and they're here to stay. There's even an amendment to the Constitution that says so (think Derek Jeter). I'm from the real world and I'm only interested in pursuing options that have a snowball's chance of working. In the final analysis, how does registering the guns of law-abiding citizens make a dent in the criminal behavior that is terrorizing 2016 America? When I go to the movies now and scour the theater for exit doors, I'm not feeling any safer knowing that the gun that might kill me was legally purchased by a nut job who had to wait a few days. I'm not interested in inconveniencing killers. I'm interested in real answers to questions that matter.
The problem isn't the guns, though there are clearly too many guns in the hands of too many anti-social people. The problem is we've become numb to the gun violence and what it represents, what it tells us about ourselves. So numb that these numbers won't make an ounce of difference in our national response. But here we go: Just since January 1, 2016, there have been 28,418 incidents of gun violence in America . . . 7,318 deaths and 15,148 injuries . . . 326 children and 1,596 teenagers killed by gun violence. All of this in just 196 days. Do the math: that's 37 dead Americans every day from gun violence.
It's time for the sucker class to tell the political class we're on to their games. Quit playing us against each other. Stop raising money and accumulating power at our expense. Tell the truth: you're not going to change how the Second Amendment is interpreted by the courts any time soon, you're just going to use the ruckus to keep us from focusing on your job performance. How about working on something that can actually make a difference? How about passing laws that have a snowball's chance of building a fair and equitable economy for all of us?
Mr. Congressman, ever tried to live on $290 a week? That's what your current minimum wage provides for . . . if you can get 40 hours.
Mr. President (the current one and the past 6 or 7), don't talk to me about your jobs record. I can read the numbers, too: since the current "recovery" started in 2008, only 30% of the new jobs have been in high-wage positions. 44% of the new jobs are described by your Bureau of Labor Statistics as low-wage positions!
Open Door America has spent the past 11 years working in America's 6th most violent city. We know a thing or two about what's driving the violence and what needs to be done. We can tell you with complete authority that Miss Kim on Milton Avenue isn't looking for new gun laws. She's looking for living-wage jobs that can feed her sons and protect her grandchildren. She understands . . . the killing will begin to stop . . . when the jobs start arriving.
Father Boyle in Los Angeles is right: "NOTHING stops a bullet like a JOB!"
Cope or change America?
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