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Re: “Why Oakland Needs a Federal Gun Control Law

For decades our civic and leaders have failed to solve East and West Oakland's crime problem. Take a drive, if you dare, down International Blvd to the San Leandro boarder. What do you see? Poverty, prostitution, liquor stores, and unemployable, uneducated, unskilled young black men with access to cheap illegal weapons. And we wonder why there is so much violent crime in our city.

It will take a decade to turn the city around. It begins with staffing OPD to the appropriate level for our population. Law enforcement should focus community policing and crime investigation.

Next we need to nurture the next generation with, massive investments in K thru 12 education, sports, music, and the arts. Kids who are active and engaged in positive activities tend not to fall into trappings of inner city life. To help with this effort schools must be appropriately staffed with counselors, mental health professional, and mentors to catch to those kids slipping through the cracks.

The cost to increase OPD staff and expand K-12 education and after school opportunities is enormous. But look at the flip side; how much has being designated 'the murder capitol' cost the city in investments and reputation?

The bottom line to our so-called city leaders, no federal gun law is going to solve Oakland's crime problem as long as there are no police on the streets and uneducated idle minded kids with nothing to do.

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Posted by Joseph Johnson 1 on 01/25/2013 at 2:55 AM

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