cli·chéd (klēˈSHād)

adjective. showing a lack of originality; based on frequently repeated phrases or opinions.

I just want to scream like I’m sitting in a theater watching ‘Get Out’ when I hear or read…”It begins at home”…”It begins with the parents”…”It’s easier to get a gun than a book.”

Let’s be real. Repeating these cliches does nothing but give an excuse to a larger issue; and one is an outright lie.

It Begins At Home

This excuse is often used when it’s learned that criminals, or people who do bad things, come from a broken home. When you live in an impoverished community where the unemployment is high and the education level is low, and single parents are carrying most of the weight, you can expect there are a lot of broken homes. Even if there is an employed person in the home, they’re probably working every waking hour in order to provide.

More effort should be made toward identifying broken homes and providing them assistance instead of blame.

It begins with the parents

If we would only assume that every child is being poorly parented, maybe we would approach their situation with more care and concern. You can’t send kids back to bad parents and expect them to receive guidance and correction. In many cases, the parents need more help than their children.

More effort should be made toward providing services to children who do not have a stable home or are receiving inadequate parenting. The schools do their best to meet that need but they are overwhelmed by the number of children in need. More effort should be made toward providing assistance for parents in need. More recognition needs to go toward the good parents.

It’s easier to get a gun than a book

Last week I was in Crozer Library. I walked the stacks, found a book, walked up to the counter with my free library card, and walked out with a book. How the hell is getting a gun easier than that?

Let’s take that unclaimed reward money and use it to get the library open again on Mondays. Chester is bluffing the public with it’s $5000/$10,000 reward money for information leading to the conviction of a murderer. If those 20+ murders had people seeking the reward money, where would the money come from?  Is that money budgeted at all?  Would it be another bill the city can’t pay?

I recommend making that reward money available for 1 year after a murder. If it goes unclaimed then pass the reward over to the library. At the rate we’re going that would be no less than $100,000 a year to the library…the place that’s proven to be more easy to get a book than a gun.

“Chester is a city that needs more attention from the Attorney Generals Office…”

But in the next sentence we read…

Shapiro said… “I would appreciate having greater authority to take my Gun Violence Task Force out of the city of Philadelphia and add it to other communities across Pennsylvania.”

Guess what? So would we.

The state Legislature “want to be (among) the players” to help stem the spread of gun violence.

Killion expressed a desire to further legislation that limits the sale of firearms but his Republican colleagues are among those who oppose such legislation and have fought tooth and nail in support of Second Amendment rights.

That does us a lot of good, huh?

“When elected, I’m going to reduce violent crime by 50%.”

In 2017, there have been 7 murders, and since last Thursday at least 21 shootings, 19 robberies, 53 burglaries, five stabbings, eight rapes, 12 motor vehicle thefts and over 6,000 calls for service.

James Brown sang it best with his 1972 release…

Like a dull knife

Just ain’t cutting

Just talking loud

Ain’t saying nothing

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