Gun Issue or People Issue?

Hearing all about the gun violence that is going on had me thinking. Some people say guns kill people and others say that people kill people. Where do you stand with this matter?

Just to be clear, I do not carry. I’m not against guns, I just prefer not to have one. With all of the murders that are going on in the world, I think it’s a gun and people issue. A gun can’t aim itself and shoot. Plus there are some sick and evil people in the world.

If someone has the intent to kill, they’re going to find a way to do it. Whether it’s a gun, knife, hammer, etc., they will find a way. Now let me be clear again, I believe that people have the right to bear arms simply for protection, but I believe that there should be some restrictions on who can bear arms.

Now I know that there are ways to get weapons, but maybe the law should make it a little tougher. For one, the age limit. I know in some states you can be 18 and buy a weapon. A 18 year old isn’t quite mature yet in my opinion. Secondly, I think mental evaluations should be administered to whoever is interested in bearing arms. Third, if there are children in the household, all weapons must be put away in some type of lock box. Matter of fact that should be a requirement. There are too many young people who have easy access to their parent’s weapon.

Prime example, a nine year shot his sister in the back of her head over a game. Read it. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/19/mississippi-boy-9-fatally-shoots-teen-sister-in-head-over-video-game-controller-police-say.html

For this last one I’m iffy about it. The Open Carry Law. One pro is that someone would have easy access to their weapon in a dangerous situation. One con is that some people would abuse and take advantage of the law. Plus there has been an increase in crime violence. https://www.npr.org/2017/11/07/562619774/does-increased-gun-ownership-help-decrease-crime

So again I ask you, is it a gun issue or a people issue?

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Black History Fact of the Day

It’s the last day of Black History Month, but I encourage you to continue educating yourself on black history. Today I would like to turn your attention to the first African American broadcaster.

Jack Leroy Cooper was born on September 18, 1888 in Memphis, Tennessee. He grew up poor in a single family home. He had to quit school at the age of 10 to work. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to work at a racetrack.

He worked at different jobs as a teen, and he was a successful boxer. He started his radio career in the 1920s as a comedian at WSBC in Chicago. Due to the lack of representation of African Americans in the industry, he left. He returned in 1929 and became the host and producer of the The All-Negro Hour.

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He also wrote for black newspapers in Memphis and Indianapolis. He became the assistant theater editor at the Chicago Defender. He was hired at WCAP in Washington to assist with writing and performing skits in 1925.

He created Searching for Missing Persons in 1938. The show focused on uniting listeners with their loved ones after losing contact. He started Listen Chicago, which focused on current events in 1940. He also popularized playing records on the radio.

Cooper built his own radio studio and created an advertising agency. He paved the way for black personalities.

Cooper died on January 12, 1970.

For more information visit: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/cooper-jack-leroy-1888-1970

http://www.radiohof.org/jack_cooper.htm

 

Black History Fact of the Day

Ever heard of Daniel “Chappie” James? James was born on February 11, 1920 in Pensacola, Florida. In 1937, he graduated from Pensacola’s Washington High School and enrolled in Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

He graduated in 1942, earning his B.S degree in physical education. The following year, James earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant and became one of the first black pilots of the U.S Air Corps.

James had assignments in the Philippines, Korea and Vietnam. In 1975, James moved up to flag officer and was then promoted to the rank of four star general. He was known as the “Black Eagle” because of his ethics, hard work, and self determination.

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In 1967 after receiving the George Washington Freedom Medal, James wrote an essay on what he stood for. “Today’s world situation requires strong men to stand up and be counted – no matter what their personal grievances are. Our greatest weapon is one we have always possessed – our heritage of freedom, our unity as a nation”, said James.

In 1970, James was promoted Brigadier General and became the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. He served until his retirement in 1978.

On February 25, 1978, James died of a heart attack.

For more information visit: http://www.nationalaviation.org/our-enshrinees/james-jr-daniel/

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/james-general-daniel-chappie-jr-1920-1978

 

Black History Fact of the Day

We often hear the story of Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, but there was someone else who did the same thing months before Parks did.

Claudette Colvin was born in Montgomery, AL on September 5, 1939. She grew up in a poor neighborhood. She was an A student who studied very hard. She studied black leaders such as Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth.

On March 2, 1955, Colvin refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. “It’s my constitutional right to sit here as much as that lady. I paid my fare, it’s my constitutional right”, said Colvin.

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After being charged and spending several hours in jail, her minister bailed her out. The NAACP considered taking on her case, but they refused it because of her age(15). Plus she became pregnant out of wedlock and they thought that could bring negative attention.

During her case she declared herself not guilty, but the court ruled against her and she was placed on probation. She gained a reputation as a troublemaker, dropped out of school, and it was difficult for her to find a job.

She became one of the four women that were plaintiffs in the Browder v. Gayle case. The decision in the case ruled that the Montgomery’s segregated bus system was unconstitutional.

In 1958, Colvin moved to New York where she found work as a nurse’s aid at a nursing home. She retired in 2004.

For more information visit http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/10-black-history-little-known-facts/#.WpGMga6nHcc

https://www.biography.com/people/claudette-colvin-11378

Black History Fact of the day

John Russwurm was born on October 1, 1799 in Jamaica. He was the son of a white American merchant and an unknown black Jamaican woman. He was sent to Canada by his father to receive an education.

Russwurm became the second African American to earn a degree in the United States in 1826. He moved to New York the following year, and partnered with Samuel Cornish and together they published the first issue of Freedom’s Journal.

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He obtained control of the Freedom’s Journal paper until 1829. Russwurm decided to move to Liberia due to his frustration over the impossibility of ending slavery. He was the first nonwhite to become governor in Liberia Colony, West Africa.

Russwurm learned African languages and participated in politics. He died in Liberia in 1851.

For more information visit: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/russwurm-john-1799-1851

Day 15 of Black History Month

He was a Trinidadian-American civil rights activist who originated the slogan “black power”. Stokely Carmichael was born on June 29, 1941 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

His parents immigrated to New York when he was a toddler. He was left in the care of his grandmother at the age of 11. In 1956, Carmichael became a student at the Bronx High School of Science. After graduating from high school in 1960, Carmichael was offered scholarships to a variety of predominately white universities.

Carmichael chose to attend Howard University in Washington D.C. He majored in philosophy. He graduated in 1964 with honors. He joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee(SNCC) and was appointed field organizer of Lowndes County, AL.

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In one year, he increased the number of registered black voters over the number of registered white voters in the county. He founded the Lowndes County freedom Organization and he chose a black panther for the official logo. In May of 1966, he was elected as the national chairman of SNCC.

“We been saying ‘freedom’ for six years,” he said. “What we are going to start saying now is ‘Black Power’”, says Carmichael. The phrase became a slogan of resistance. He defined the meaning of black power as ”It is a call for black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, to build a sense of community. It is a call for black people to define their own goals, to lead their own organizations.”

Carmichael married Miriam Makeba in 1968 and was remarried to someone else later on. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1985 and died three years later on November 15.

For more information visit http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/stokely-carmichael

https://www.biography.com/people/stokely-carmichael-9238629

Black History Month Fact of the Day

Maggie Walker was born on July 15, 1864 in Richmond VA. After the death of her father, her mother would support her and her brother by working as a laundress. Walker would help her mother by delivering the clean clothes.

Walker attended Lancaster and the Richmond Colored Normal School. She joined the Independent Order of St. Luke, an organization that supports the advancement of African Americans.

In 1883, Walker completed her training as a teacher and graduated. She taught for a few years and ended her teaching career in 1886 when she got married.

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In 1902, she established a newspaper called the St. Luke Herald. In 1903, she founded the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank. She was president of the bank until 1929. She is recognized as the first African American woman to charter a bank. She opened an emporium in 1903. She would offer African American women jobs and offered the black community access to cheaper goods.

In 1915, her husband died. She had to manage a home with her large family. In 1921 she ran for superintendent of public instruction. She did not receive the position but she continued working as an advocate for African Americans and served on the board of trustees for several women groups.

Her health started declining and eventually she was confined to a wheelchair. She died on December 15, 1934.

For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/mawa/learn/historyculture/index.htm