In response to Jim Graham's message - While Donte's shooting is tragic and unacceptable, why hasn't
- In response to Jim Graham's message - While Donte's shooting is tragic and unacceptable, why hasn't anyone asked what a 9 year old, and other children, were doing outside at almost 10pm on a school night. Why do we always blame the police and city government for violence like this? When is it the parents' responsibility to look after and care for the safety of their children?
- So, if this 9 year old had been shot on a weekend or during the daylight hours (as was the
case with more than one DC schoolchild last year), then it would be okay to ask what the
city government and police ought to be doing to stop this kind of thing? What if he was
walking home from a late night church service (believe it or not there are churches that
have night services and activities) with his family and happened to have been hit by a
bullet? Would that warrant some questions about police protection in the neighborhood?
In my opinion, it doesn't matter what a 9 year old was doing out on the street at 10 pm.
What matters is that bullets were flying around the street he was on. They could just as
easily have hit a 29 or 39 year old, and just might have if this poor boy hadn't gotten in
the way. Parents do have a responsibility to look after their children but no matter what
hour of the day their children may be outside, they should not have to worry about them
being gunned down.
- Take a deep breath - the post you are responding to acknowledged
that the shooting is unacceptable. It also suggested, however, that
a nine year old kid wandering around outside at 10 pm is also a
problem, and that parents should take some minimal amount a
responsiblity. What's wrong with that?