Since there is no safety anywhere, it is time to take matters into our own hands. Who is to blame for the outcomes? Is it the government or the public? Or maybe both; We're supposed to cooperate, hold each other accountable, and encourage each other, but this hasn't happened in years. Citizens, operators, children, and even animals appear to be without protection. Violence has grown prevalent, and voices of the people are being ignored. I tend to question the government's intentions because they have the means and opportunity to prevent many issues, but instead do the complete opposite. It appears that basic human rights are being slowly but steadily taken away from us.
They blame violence on mental illness, claiming that there are so many sick people on the streets, which I agree with, but let's not put the entire burden on mental illness. The truth is that many people who suffer from mental illnesses are not violent. People believe that we should avoid them at all costs and that there is no way to help someone who has one, but this is not the case. How are you assisting those who are in need? Is high-quality service available to everyone? If so, is it affordable? Are there enough providers to help these people? Stop blaming mental illness for bad behavior; they knew exactly what they were doing because that was their intention. In such a circumstance, they are entitled to the consequences of their conscious decisions.
Let's talk about gun violence and how people tend to blame the guns, rather than the person who pulls the trigger. People no longer use their words or even their fists; instead, they reach for a gun. It's as easy as heading into your local Footlocker and buying a pair of sneakers to get your hands on a gun. They frequently end up in the wrong hands, whether they obtain them legitimately or illegally. Innocent people are being injured because of errant gunfire. A traumatized person suffering from life circumstances and cowardice believes that letting a few rounds fly will give them a sense of strength. They often claim that having access to a firearm is the common denominator in every firearm-related death or injury, which appears plausible, but there are several complex elements that aren't being addressed. Even though gun-related crime is on the rise, we must approach these circumstances with an open mind. Yes, gun control is necessary, yes, the age to acquire a handgun should be raised, yes, you should have a permit to carry a firearm, but a huge part of this is the reality that a lot of these violent crimes start with people who have a long criminal record and are repeat offenders.
We've received numerous reports of guns being purchased illegally from other states, and in some cases, the suspect was under surveillance prior to the bust, giving them extra time to carry and sell illegal firearms. Why have you been waiting so long? Why should we allow it? And why are you letting them free before they finish their sentences if they are caught? So many questions, so few answers, but I feel we've gotten them and must now act. To eliminate or reduce gun violence, the criminal justice system must be improved. If you know how illegal guns are getting into the city and have a strategy and the means to stop them, why penalize and prohibit law-abiding citizens from strolling into their nearest gun store to lawfully obtain handguns to protect themselves? Will Stop and Frisk be reinstated? Will you change the bail reform law so that these criminals serve the time they deserve in prison?
All forms of violence are perpetrated against citizens who are unable to protect themselves due to laws that prevent them from doing so. Due to a lack of emotional intelligence and an inability to handle a simple "no," some men do harm to women. Our bus and train operators are being assaulted as they try to transport us to and from our destinations safely; some of our citizens are being pushed into the train tracks at random; our delivery men and women are being shot or threatened if there is something wrong with their order. At any given time, innocent hardworking people are robbed or assaulted with knives, often in broad daylight; schools, supermarkets, movie theaters, malls, churches, spas, trains, bodegas, graduations, and funerals, among other places, are targeted. What became of humanity? Where is the compassion and love? Where is the assistance?
Finally, when criminals are apprehended, many citizens jump for joy, but they are celebrating a false victory. The issue is that many of the criminals get released even though it is usually not their first offense. You could then question why they were allowed to roam the streets freely instead of serving their sentences. Please make that make sense. I say start standing firm in what you believe and be the change you want to see. Many things would change if more people recognized we are the ones with the power. But, for it to happen, there must be unity.