Chicago Children in Danger: What Must We Do?

How disturbing… how absolutely disturbing, all that has been in the news lately about young people in the Chicago area getting shot, killed, and otherwise traumatized in areas plagued by gangs, guns, and drugs and other forms of violence that come with those nasty little words that trouble us so.

Federally-supported gun violence intervention ...

Federally-supported gun violence intervention program (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Innocent children, special and unique, our nation’s future, possible finders of cures, possible leaders, business executives, family folks, lawmakers, teachers, first responders, are being killed and maimed by gang – bangers shooting at others and not caring that the kids are getting in the crossfire. How sad that those who are doing the violence do not care about anything but getting at their targets. They see no better way but to bring out the guns, act like cowards, drive by or bike by or run by, shoot into the crowds, shoot at people on their porches, and then bolt into the woodwork and avoid capture and arrest.

Do these ruthless, crude, inhuman cowards care that there are families living in those areas, families trying to make it in tough times as most of us are, and that they with their turf war one track minds are just making things harder every day, more difficult every single day? They just want to do their thing fast and take off. You gang people, you drug runners, you turf greedy disgusting cowards… go somewhere else, leave here, leave everyone alone, go away with your junk. WE DO NOT WANT YOU HERE. WE DO NOT NEED YOU HERE. Go and rot somewhere else; just don’t take others with you. GO AWAY and LEAVE OTHERS ALONE!

Well these past few week they have sure taken off all right… taken a lot of little lives and young people’s lives away from their families and their futures. Instead of preparing for parties, graduations, meals together, sleepovers, holiday celebrations and travels together, many families are preparing to bury their children. And some of these young people might even have been parents… and now their parents and young kids are going to have to say good bye to them.

I lost my brother, but it was not to violence. Losing a relative to gun violence or any kind of violence… I cannot imagine what these folks are experiencing. Words are hard to find to express such sentiments. Situations like these affect us all, the city, the county, the state, the nation. They dig deep, they root in… they are sending us a message. What can we do to prevent the taking of another youth, another innocent child, and to prevent grief from taking over our communities.

Whatever we can think of, whatever it is, no matter how small or how ridiculous it may seem to those who think of the ideas, we need to try them now. It cannot wait… we must try to prevent the trauma from continuing. Young lives are counting on us to stand for them, by them, with them.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Divi Logan for EDUSHIRTS, Nashville and Chicago, 2012.


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