Friday, October 13, 2006

Daily News: The Other Solutions

Philadelphia Daily News addresses violence prevention.

Access to guns is a problem, but people are blind if they believe that the only solution is more legislation. What about teaching kids that they need to stay in school and explore the wonders spread before them in books? What about penalizing people for having children with multiple partners, not caring that they're creating a generation stripped of role models and hope?

What about creating job opportunities for young adults so that they won't be mesmerized by the quick and lucrative fix of drugs? What about appealing to the witnesses who know that crimes are occurring in their neighborhoods but keep their lips sealed out of fear? And what about locking up the perpetrators, eschewing forgiveness and rehabilitation for killers of kids, even those who are kids themselves?

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