What can we do to Stop Youth Violence

We’re losing our youth to gun violence but why? What’s causing them to have a lack of compassion and be so filled with rage? Some may think that it starts in the home or it comes from violent rap music. Can we really blame youth behaviors on rap music? There’s something that’s going on deep inside of their minds and no one is trying to find out what that is. For some it may have to do with being poverty stricken. That can cause them to feel angry and desperate but there’s more to it.

An article on Corrections.com suggests that youth violence could be a result of lack of family structure. Well, that could be part of it, but that isn’t the whole story. People seem to turn to lack of parenting as being the number one cause for youth’s downfall. Lack of parenting and dysfunctional environments could have something to do with their rage but that isn’t the entire reason why youth are violent. If they feel disconnected in some way or feel fatherless then they will become angry. Youth love attention just like anyone else. if we’re focused on other things then they will turn to bad influences.

A lot of youth turn to gangs in order to feel some sort of acceptance. If we can’t reach them then the gangs will and not in a good way. We must supply them with avenues that will detour them away from anger and violence. We must find out what they’re compassionate about and try to connect them with those passions. If we don’t find some sort of solution then we’re not only losing our youth but they’re gearing their violence toward the older generation as well. Yes, parenting has something to do with the dysfunctional behaviors within society, but parents shouldn’t take all the blame.

We need our community leaders joining forces and helping their communities come up with some solutions to the gun violence epidemic. If we don’t do something soon. We will find ourselves engulfed with violent and aggressive behavior. Something has to be done. Law Enforcement are continuing to scratch their heads. Law Enforcement, Educators, Parents and Community Leaders need to join forces and try to tackle this someway and somehow. Each day there’s reports about youth losing their lives. Senseless violence. Enraged violence.

Some youth may be hard to reach because they’re so far gone but “where there’s a will there’s a way.” Prevention is better then being reformed. In fact those who end up in the juvenile system or in prison seem to be more inclined to return. If we don’t head it off then we will be seeing a very bleak future. If they feel that violence is the answer then we need to know why they feel that way. Our communities will continue to suffer if we don’t find some solutions to youth violence.

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We Have to Consider the Future

I don’t know how many people consider the future and while considering include the youth. Our children are “The Future” if we don’t make preparations for the children then we will be a fix. Their future could include, doctors, lawyers, athletes and perhaps entertainers. We must help ourselves and it’s important that we help them as well. If we’re not including them when we’re preparing for what’s ahead of us then we’re doing disservice.

People may turn away from anything that has to do with youth because of what they’ve been told or shown. The violence that surrounds them could detour people away from trying to assist them in anyway. It’s important that we get to core of why they’re so angry. If we find those solutions then we will see a brighter future for youth and for their elders. Parents will age, family members will age, the youth continue to grow but what will they grow into? If we disconnect from them then we will lose them and the future could be bleak.

We don’t need anymore hotheads. We need some kind, compassionate, and hardworking young men and women who will pave the way for others. Some may think that those on the wrong path can’t be turned around. Yes, they can but it will take some work, and a lot of times a whole lot of work. For one we must come up with recreational centers or mentoring programs that target the root problem. Why are so many of our youth becoming statistics. Dr. Narramore states; “You simply do not commit murder unless you are bitter, angry, and resentful. Children and teenagers who kill have been living with rage for years.” If our youth are angry then we need to find out why they’re so angry.

Prevention is a great way to head what could be a problem for society later. If we don’t consider this then our neighborhoods will be ravished with violence. In order for us to enjoy a brighter future we must tackle the issues that our youth are having. We won’t be able to live in comfort or invest when we’ll have to use the money to get them out of legal trouble. So many youth have lost their lives and so many of them had bright futures. We must make time for them and supply them with riveting information.

We have to try to prevent incidents like the three teens being charged as adults for killing a 17 year old teen in Florida. Not only did a teenager lose his life but the three teens involved no longer have a future. Their home will be in a prison. Could their actions been prevented? Possibly. There’s a big possibility that their actions could have been prevented. So this is why it’s so important that we find avenues that will make our children want to go in the right direction. For some it’s sports and for others it could be music. “The Youth are our Future and we Must Protect the Future.”

Source: Dr. Narramore B. Psychology in Living. “Why Turn to Violence.”

“You simply do not commit murder unless you are bitter, angry, and resentful. Children and teenagers who kill have been living with rage for years.”

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When Will it end

We’re losing so many. Every single day there’s a report of anothet child murdered. Their lifeless bodies lay in the streets. So many where have the leaders gone? People may want to turn and point fingers at parents but it runs deeper than that. There’s hurt, despair, and hoplessness in the air.

Mothers crying and having to bury their children. We’re losing them. We should be furious about this epidemic. The shootings near and around schools. Where are the strong voices? The mentorships should be presented. It’s so sad to hear the screams of the victims parents and relatives.

The pain runs deep. I too have lost lots of relatives to gun violence. One was like a brother to me. It’s insane. Why are our children so angry? Desputes aren’t settled through communications. The bullets scatter all around. The noise from the gun shots wake up neighborhoods. What are we to do.

Prayers and continuous action should occur. No one wants to touch the sensitive topics but we can’t sweep them under the rug. Youth violence and black on black crime is real. Turning our heads and covering our ears won’t do. When it hits home then there’s a wake up call. The future looks bleak. So many of those children could have been lawyers, doctors, and law enforcement officers.

We need more than rallies. We need voices touching the youth. They need to be heard. There has to be a way that they can release their frustrations. We have to turn their hopelesdness around. Why are they so angry? Why are they afraid to smile? There’s no way that we can turn away.

Evey time we open our eyes and turn to the news. There will be another shooting and another life gone. Law Enforcement is working overtime. So many of them are shedding tears because they feel the pain. They have children and it pains them to see a child laying on the hard concrete with no life. It’s mournful.

What are we to do? The leadership has to grow. We have to find a way to reach the youth. We may not be able yo reach all of them but if some can be reached then we have to try. It’s not easy hearing about all of the tragedies that surround our youth. The tears flow every time there’s a report. Prayer plus works.

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