|Turning the other cheek means those who perform evil bind those they prey upon to a fate far more terminal than being merely blinded...|
For every action, inevitably, has a reaction.
In a city renowned for its memorials commemorating America's servicemen and various involvements in foreign wars, perhaps it's fitting 'freedom' is unraveling the fabric of the civilization men long ago died to defend.
Ravaged by not only black crime and home invasions by black people (almost always of wealthy white homeowners), but a city whose police budget is stretched thin by outbursts of spontaneous blackness ending in yet another tragic reminder that black-on-black crime/murder is the logical outcome of a society no longer willing to severely punish the trangressors.
Real, tangible repercussions for crime must be dealt swiftly and without remorse; the idea that an "eye for an eye" mentality will leave everyone blind is a fallacy, forgetting that a failure to permanently maim those who engage in flagrant violations of the law are simply ensuring the same circumstances that brought Detroit to its knees will befall that society.
In a city where almost all homicides have a black suspect and the violent neighborhoods are submerged in concentrated blackness, the police are ill-equipped to assist those law-abiding in the act of living normal lives. From this vacuum, a white man has dared offer a solution to address certain the black communities civilizational shortcomings. [Man plans to bring free shotgun project to Indy, Fox 59 Indianapolis, 11-13-13]:
An Indiana native wants to arm law-abiding citizens in high crime areas throughout Indianapolis with free shotguns in an effort to help people protect their homes and families.
Kyle Coplen was born and raised in Rochester, Indiana. He studied at Ball State University and then moved to Houston, Texas, to continue his eduction. Earlier this year, he created the Armed Citizen Project (ACP), as part of a thesis project that will provide research for his theory that firearms can deter crime.
He’s already arming dozens of people in Texas and has plans to bring his movement to Indianapolis. But before he does, Fox 59′s Aishah Hasnie flew to Houston to get an exclusive, up-close look at his program.
Coplen first took us to a neighborhood in Houston he is arming right now. It’s a working class area that criminals seem to love.
“The area we chose has 400 houses in it. They had 107 home invasions last year. Which is close to two a week. So yeah, this neighborhood was in desperate need,” he said as he walked us around.
In fact, this is the neighborhood where it all started. He pointed out the home of Elbert Wood, a 93-year-old U.S. veteran whose home was broken into and vandalized. The story moved Coplen to do something.
He first helped with the clean-up efforts and then he decided to go a step further.
“Uh, that kinda led to the spark to come up with this,” he recalled as he stood outside Wood’s home. “We’ve offered every resident who lives within this neighborhood if they can pass a background check and are legal, safety, tactical training, we’ll give them a free pump-action shotgun.”
The ACP is a non-profit, so all the free shotguns are either donated or purchased by money donated to the organization. Coplen said he wouldn’t be able to operate without the generosity of people who believe in his project. He encouraged fans of the ACP to help arm a group of women in this video.
We ask Coplen, why shotguns?
“Why shotguns?” he replies with a question and smiles. “‘Cause they’re great for home defense. They’re easy to learn how to use. Also the deterrent effect of the sound of the shotgun shell being racked does wonders.”
Is he worried about who he is arming? No. Never.
However, arming Indianapolis may not be welcomed with open arms.
From sub machine guns to AR 15′s, Indianapolis’ First Christian Missionary Baptist Church is on a mission of its own. It’s pledged $10,000 to take guns out of neighborhoods.
“Many people are ignorant when it comes to gun safety and so, so many times you can give a person a weapon but that does not mean that that person knows how to use it even after they have fired it,” explains Bishop Damon Roach who is spearheading this movement. He has a lot of concerns about Coplen’s program.
“A lot of these thugs out here in the streets don’t have a weapon. So if they know there’s a shotgun or guns… you can look at statistics and see how many homes that have been broken into and all the guns stolen. All they wanted was the guns!”
But even Bishop Roach admits, there are those in his own church that would love a free shotgun if they had the chance. He tells us a story about a single mother who hasn’t felt safe in her home lately.
“She feels like ‘I would be safer to have a shotgun,’” he tells us. “Well… I do think she would be safer! But I think that it’s a tragedy that we have a female, single mother with a daughter-in-law living with her, with her son protecting our country, and we’re saying that our police department and sheriff’s department cannot protect that mother?!”
We take his concerns straight to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Rick Hite.
“Is that the only option? That we return back to the days when we use a gun?” he said. “An eye for an eye? And tooth for tooth? One wise man said an eye for and eye and tooth for tooth leaves us blind and toothless. So I think the whole idea is can we have a real conversation? Should we have a community conversation? Is it time now for a conversation around civility and understanding how to deal with conflict?”
Like Bishop Roach, he insisted he is a supporter of the second amendment, but he’s mostly concerned about how this would change the culture of our community.
“Have we come to that point? Please let us know, because we’re training police officers as we speak and we need to be prepared to teach them the values of a community. Is that the value we want to train our police officers?” he asked.
You see, in the end, an "eye for an eye" means those who do evil to others are quickly (and harshly) dealt with, as a reminder to the community that birthed, reared, and raised them - and is TRULY responsible for them - that their behavior will no longer be tolerated. [December is this year’s deadliest month, Indy Star, 12-30-13]:
The end of the deadliest month in an especially lethal year in Indianapolis has elicited a stark warning from the police chief and admonishments from community leaders eager to see the bloodshed end: Committing crime can be a fast track to early death.
A fatal shooting Monday marked the 20th slaying in December, the most in any month this year. The homicide also was the 141st of the year. Of those, 125 have been criminal homicides, the most since 2006.
The Rev. Charles Harrison, who heads the violence prevention group Ten Point Coalition, said he suspects the rise in December violence is tied to robberies — and retaliation from robberies.
“Let’s face it. At Christmas time, people are trying to get money,” he said. “And robberies nowadays often involve shooting, too.”
The Rev. Darryl Webster, pastor of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, said he has been trying to derail the cycle of violence for eight years through a program that provides young men and fathers with job training, substance-abuse counseling, marriage counseling and mentoring.Those representatives (leaders) of the black community in Indianapolis, excusing away black people engaging in terrorist acts against a community/civilization they have had virtually nothing to do with building and maintaining, but every thing to do with breaking down.
Committing crime can be a fast track to early death, but ignoring that crime is almost solely because of the black community is the fast track to a city becoming just another Detroit.
That private citizens are now attempting to privatize security (because the police departments of major cities are more interested in advocating for more minority representation than the safety of the citizens they are sworn to protect) might seem trivial, insignificant.
But remember this one fact: years of careful inculcation and indoctrination collapse when one is confronted with an unadulterated encounter with previously censored racial reality.
At this point, a simple "eye for an eye" mentality seems an inadequate response...