Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Bullets Fly in Indy Leaving Behind Few Answers
Several shootings have left questions that the next Mayor will have to answer, and those answers are just not very clear.
How do you strike a balance between the Second Amendment and the proliferation of legal guns in our city? What is the first step in solving a crime issue that only seems to be getting worse? These questions will confound our city leaders.
To me, it's unacceptable to have innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire of violence. That's what happened in at least one case this weekend. Some in our city pretend on one hand that the violence is ok because it's just criminals killing criminals. In the very next sentence, they will say that violence is not ok and that we need to take extreme measures to stop it.
You can't have a city with a wild west mentality, but you also can't have Tombstone where Wyatt Earp takes all the guns. So, we're stuck in the middle.
Ten Point Coalition leader and local Pastor Charles Harrison believes it's time in Indianapolis to try new policing methods such as stop and frisk. That makes many concerned about the Fourth Amendment implications as well as the possibility that stop and frisk can be used to profile. Plus, I just don't know if IMPD has the staff to pull off stop and frisk operations.
That's not the answer, in my opinion. I still think the answer lies in going to every youth center, school, school function, neighborhood, street corner, park, and anywhere else in the city and spreading the message that solving differences with a firearm just isn't a smart thing. Once you shoot at someone, those bullets don't come back, and they can devastate lives.
Some don't care about the consequences, and, for them, we need to keep getting them off the streets and hopefully keeping them behind bars. Maybe it is time to explore reasonably tougher sentencing for gun crimes.
The thing is that we need a crime fighter who is ready to declare war on illegal guns in our streets. So far, we haven't heard much from Chuck Brewer. The next Mayor will need to have credibility on this issue, and that's Joe Hogsett.