I don’t know the difference is between a “hustler” and a “thug.” But I certainly identify with comedian Chico Bean’s desire to have a firearm for self-defense in inner city Washington, D.C. “back in the day.” And I certainly salute his observation that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people . . . So If you you want to change gun violence you’ve got to change the mentality of the people.”
As for Mr. Bean’s pronouncement that “gun violence is never going to stop,” yes and no. As he said, people kill people. Always have. Always will. Especially when there’s commercial gain to be had. But there are things “we” can do to change the mentality of the gang bangers snuffing out life in inner city America.
IMHO education is the best place to start. Taking our failed education system out of the hands of the government and the teachers’ unions, substituting a voucher-based system, would go a long way towards improving the outlook of inner city youth.
I also believe that restoring gun rights to anti-gun urban areas and teaching inner city youths about responsible gun ownership, which ties them directly to the values that engender social success, would help stem the tide of hopelessness and the abject alienation community members feel. For good reason.
Anyway, any American who rejects gun control as a means to reduce or eliminate “gun violence”, and does so eloquently for a public audience, is a hero of mine. The more “authentic” and fearless his or her voice, the greater my admiration.