2011-12-02 / Letters

Get Out Of The Gun Mentality

Dear Editor,

Martin Luther King Jr. said ...

“If you have weapons, take them home. If you do not have weapons, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve these problems through retaliatory violence, we must meet violence with nonviolence.”

For the past few consecutive years, I know at least one young person per year that has fallen victim to unnecessary gun violence and lost his or her life. The first thing that comes to the mind of their friends is to avenge the death of the one they lost. This is why this is an ongoing saga ... It’s an ‘if you kill/disrespect anyone in my squad, I’m coming back to do the same to someone in your squad.’ Stop looking at the small image in front of you and look at the whole picture. The same way when your friend got killed, everyone was at his or her family’s house trying to comfort them, staying in this game will have everyone at your mom’s house doing the same if something happens to you.

Get out of that mentality, make something of yourself, and get out of the hood. As a parent, I know that no mother dreams of burying her son/ daughter at such an early age. So the next time you lose someone, and you see the candles, the cards, the writings on the wall, the brothers/sisters crying, the babies that no longer have their mommies/daddies, or that mother who is in a state of shock because her baby’s not coming home anymore, ask yourself, is it worth it? It’s time for a change and let that change begin with you.

KIYA (LAST NAME WITHHELD)

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