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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A compromise on illegal gun possession in Baltimore: Treat minimum sentences like an emergency public health measure


By Nate Loewentheil
For MarylandReporter.com


Last week I was at a vigil for a young man named MJ in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. A few days earlier, he had been shot 15 times after leaving a pool party.

His girlfriend organized the vigil. For the first hour, she was calm and collected. Then her two-year old son – MJ’s son – started crying, and her grief burst forth. Between tears and cries and shouts of anger, she blamed the streets that had taken her son’s father and begged the crowd to put the guns down.

I was asked to say a few words but was speechless; I have never lost a family member to gun violence and could do no more than offer my prayers and a long hug. At the end of the service, 150 people released balloons with MJ’s name into the darkening summer sky.

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4 comments:

Shawn Widdowson said...

How come it's always PUT the guns down after their loved ones are gunned down..do you really think it's just guns, come on.It's the mentality that needs to change the easy fast cash of drugs and violence instead of doing the right thing and work hard for barely enough but enough to live right. Stop blaming a part of the equation for the end result it's more then that!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a reasonable solution to me.

Anonymous said...

Guns don't kill people. People kill people. If all the guns in the world were to suddenly vanish, people would continue to be murdered.

Anonymous said...

The "streets" (aka as "screets" to certain people) don't kill people. It's the black men on those streets that kill people, especially their own. Too bad they are not as proficient at being gainfully employed or supporting their children.