When I stated, “Media had it’s own version of the truth”. I did not know how right I was. The recent shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana, Dallas, and Chicago all had something in common: It’s blown out of proportion by videos of the violence being posted on social media.
Since Ferguson, discussion is still rampant on the social media channels and television too. This blogger didn’t think those on the panel actually get the picture. With all the articles about race relations in the country, the same thing kept happening in areas with people of color. If a white man shot a black man, insufficient evidence kept them out of jail. If a black man shot a white man, the media would stop short of lynching or crucifying him, because of due process.
Apparently, the news bored some of the reporters. They always showed violent video of African Americans or other people of color getting arrested and posting them on social media, causing a public uproar. Where did all this hate come from? The above didn’t help the powder keg that kept exploding every time this issue came about. If this were black on black violence, like the recent Helen Fletcher murder, not much was done after her boyfriend confessed. This person was someone’s mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend.
Guns: Abolish the ‘no carry’ rule
Here’s an idea, don’t allow open carry to be nationwide. In addition to the removal of automatic weapons, make those that have the right to carry a gun be held responsible for their actions. Just because someone fits the profile of a violent person didn’t mean they were. As a black woman and disabled at that, it appalled me that the same thing kept happening in poorer or high crime ridden areas of the nation. There needed to be more than just a “panel of talkers”. It is time to take action. Guns didn’t kill people, people with guns kill people. The sad part about the above shooting was that 20 years later, they were still happening after efforts were made to unify the Eastside in Wichita Falls to stop the violence.
No blaming single parents
This was not the place to blame or point fingers at one particular group. Some of my best friends were single parents where the father is not present in the home. My mother always knew what was going on because she chose to stay home with us. Dad knew too. She didn’t want us being latch key children. She didn’t start part time work until I was in junior high. The biggest problem existing in these poorer neighborhoods is a fear or lack of respect for authority. Well, no wonder when social media instigates and aggravates the problem.
Guns and apathy
According to one article, that was the second trigger to the causes of violence, right behind overcrowding and disrespect of someone. Most of these people killed were disrespected in some way by the police. Officers were killed trying to stop this pop off. It went downhill from there, obviously.
Guns and mental instability
This article also pointed out that there is a lack of concern for some of the victims of gun violence. While the Fletcher murder was ruled a homicide, the shooter didn’t believe his victim got injured even though she told him so twice. In the case of all these shootings where ISIS is the culprit, lack of concern became paramount in how they radicalized both in and out of America. Remember the #Paris Attacks? What of Istanbul and Brussels? At least in the cases of the shooting in Oregon, that was a person having a mental problem. The one in Orlando did too. The trigger there are the media also.
Guns: The Author’s view
Thank goodness the only thing this blogger had to deal with was a break-in two weeks ago. The only thing stolen was the power cord to my modem/router combo that allowed me to surf the web on my laptop. The cord fit in their pocket, so the thief, someone attached to the maintenance that had access to the keys in the office, assumed the role to do this in the guise of ‘checking‘ on something in my apartment.
They thought the power cord wouldn’t be missed. IT WAS. My surge protector has a space between my cell phone cord and my desktop computer cords. Thursday morning, there were two. Management knew who was on call that night after the office closed at 5:30. They were the only other people who had my key other than Mom and me. Because a report was issued, with a case number, my lock on the front door was changed, free of charge. This blogger isn’t opposed to using guns with proper training
Until there is unity in Washington on what to do. We can only pray for improvement.