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Ending Gun Violence with Actual Corrective Measures, not Corroding Gun Rights

In Articles on June 4, 2013 at 4:37 pm
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“There is no courage necessary in forcing the law-abiding to follow yet another law; however, there is a need for true political courage and leadership to tackle the issue of American urban gun violence and bring back the generationally-disillusioned from the throes of destruction…It is much more difficult – yet much more necessary – to create new conditions that take illegal guns away from those that have little else to put their hands around.” (Lenny McAllister, Rose Dialogue Series Speaker (June 5 2013, Bronx, NY)

(This post may also be found on Global Grind as well.)

 

To end the problem of everyday gun violence throughout America, the primary focus should be on business growth, not bullets

 

Sadly, each one of us has felt the sting of gun violence.

 

Some of us experience this pain through the national connection we bear, watching the pain of Newtown tug at our national heartstrings in a new and horrible way, compounding the pain of Aurora, CO and Arizona with the grim reality that the Connecticut tragedy robbed America of  young, innocent children.

 

Some of us experience this pain at the wrong end of a gun by becoming the victim of a crime- like my father did almost two decades ago before spending a food-less year full of surgeries on the path to recovery afterwards. Sometimes, pain comes through cruel carelessness in a random moment – like the loss of my young cousin Chelsea in an accidental shooting. In these situations, too many families and loved ones are left to scramble in attempts to save lives, make sense of the tragedies, and make the most of the unimaginable.

 

Some of us understand the costly role that gaps in mental health awareness and activism have had on the nation regarding gun violence over recent years. There are clear ways that we can avoid some of the devastation that we have collectively experienced through the application of current laws as well as specific laws designed to keep access to guns out of the reach of those struggling with mental health challenges.

 

Many of us, however, fail to grasp the reality that faces us in stopping the everyday gun violence that impacts so many lives, from the streets of New York City to here in Chicago and beyond:

 

The best way to control gun violence is not by controlling legal guns – it is by actively and successfully encouraging economic growth in areas most impacted by illegal guns and subsequent violence in America. The best way to keep people from pursuing using guns illegally to perpetrate the violence that we endure nationally is to establish more pathways to better pursuits: jobs, careers, and stability.

 

Too often, addressing gun violence involves some legislation or proposal that requests more from law-abiding, weapons-trained, middle class Americans. In exchange, we wrongly believe that this will have an impact on the underclass accessing and using guns illegally as a result of their hopeless realities that are increasingly forged by failing (or closing) schools, high rates of unemployment, and limited access to health care services. This line of logic – backwards in nature and notably inept when considering that many of the current gun laws on the books have been both ineffective and unenforced – merely scores our improper focus on dealing with weapons without dealing with the people behind them.

 

Give more people a job, a career, and a stable life to hold onto and they will not have enough hands to grab illegal guns for urban violence through America.

 

The time, attention, and debate over gun control must not be about controlling the accessibility of guns by law-abiding Americans. It must be about controlling gun violence. Because urban gun violence in America primarily exists to fill the community void left by years of urban neglect and political mismanagement, the effort to control gun violence must involve remedies that address the actual problems that prompt gun violence – a reality spurred by illegal gun ownership.

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to involve the business community of Chicago in an attempt to stem potential summer violence is a potential great first step. However, efforts like these must be forged with active business mentoring opportunities, apprenticeships, internships, and jobs that provide paths from entry-level positions to career openings. Those that overwhelmingly engage in gun violence throughout America – most often chronicled through the prison industrial complex – do not need more laws that they will skirt without options for a better life. These Americans do not need more pep talks about “just say no” or “just work hard and past ills don’t matter” to help them get over the temptation of pursuing illegal means to alleviate family pain or social ills – they need better life options, both during the formidable years of their youth as well as during times of shortcomings. These Americans need more legislation that will make having a growth of blue-collar, grey-collar, and green-collar jobs in American urban areas a viable and practical solution starting in 2013. These Americans need GOP-driven tax policies that cut taxes for many to successfully encourage small businesses and the privileged to invest more in under-utilized human capital throughout the nation. These Americans need more Democratic-driven programs to yield community and family stability for 90 years, not merely 90 days during the summer.

 

As we have learned from the War on Drugs, the aggressive tactics of former Mayor Giuliani in the 1990s throughout New York City, even the best of police tactics to lock up gang members and others using illegal guns to terrorize merely produce openings for the next generation to fill the criminal void if that space is not sealed with stable stepping stones, not empty hopes and actions. There is no courage necessary in forcing the law-abiding to follow yet another law; however, there is a need for true political courage and leadership to tackle the issue of American urban gun violence and bring back the generationally-disillusioned from the throes of destruction. It’s easy to take guns away from the law-abiding through additional laws. It is much more difficult – yet much more necessary – to create new conditions that take illegal guns away from those that have little else to put their hands around. Until we get our hands around this concept, we will continue to go around and around on the gun debate – even while the murder rates in places such as Chicago continue to hit dizzying levels of our shared pain.

 

Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” featured at the Rosedale Dialogue Series debate/discussion, “Gun Control or Out of Control” opposite Global Grind editor-in-chief Michael Skolnik June 5th at the Riverdale Y in the Bronx starting at 6pm. Lenny is a noted media personality, public speaker, writer, author, and rising leader that has “… a mission to make positive changes to the status quo within politics, societal matters, and other issues that hamper our American way of life …” Featured as one of the “40 Under 40 to Watch in 2012” by the historic newspaper The Chicago Defender, he has been featured in several publications, including Essence, Chicago Crusader, and Charlotte Magazine. “The McAllister Minute,” a regular feature of the American Urban Radio Network, runs on more than 300 stations nationwide. 

McAllister to Debate Gun Control Live in The Bronx June 5

In Articles on May 15, 2013 at 11:15 am
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“…the issue of gun violence in our communities is not a matter of gun control – it is a matter concerning the lack of widespread economic vitality. Once we successfully address (that)…our neighborhoods will become (more stable and) stronger…”

NEW YORK (May 15, 2013) – “Primarily, the issue of gun violence in our communities is not a matter of gun control – it is a matter concerning the lack of widespread economic vitality. Once we successfully address the economic death that lingers in our communities, our families will become more stable, our schools will become better funded and more capable, and our neighborhoods will become stronger – all forcing the allure of gun violence and the subsequent loss of life to lessen its grip on our youth and tragic impact on our lives.”

 

Lenny McAllister, the “Working Man’s Conservative”, Republican strategist and pundit, and former congressional candidate (Illinois-2nd) will be a featured panelist in the Rose Dialogue Series debate, “Gun Control or Out of Control?” on June 5 in New York City. The series is hosted by the Riverdale Y in the Bronx.

McAllister will appear opposite Michael Skolnik, GlobalGrind.com administrator and political director for hip hop mogul Russell Simmons. The discussion will be led by Fox News Contributor Sally Kohn.

Tickets for this exciting night of dialogue are $18.  Reservations can be made at www.RiverdaleY.org or clicking the picture above.

 

Catch Lenny McAllister and others in this trailer for the much-anticipated documentary, “Black Tea: The New Civil Right”(www.blackteadocumentary.com), by clicking the link HERE

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WATCH: Lenny McAllister Talks Obama, Guns, and Immigration on Sun News Network (Canada)

In Video on May 7, 2013 at 10:00 am
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Will President Obama be able to push through legislation on guns and immigration reform before the 2014 mid-term cycle kicks in? Brian Dunston and Lenny McAllister discuss this as the president’s foreign trip wraps up on Sun News Network.

 

TORONTO (May 5, 2013) – (Courtesy Sun News Network) Republican Strategist Lenny McAllister joins Brian Dunstan to discuss gun control and immigration reform.

 

  • Hosted by Brian Dunston

 

Click HERE to watch the segment on the Sun News Network website or click on the picture above.

 

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LISTEN: McAllister on NPR, “Gun Control Battle: Any Room For Political Leeway?”

In Audio on April 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm
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“…The problem with (Mayor Bloomberg’s money in select races) is that it now scares (moderates) that probably could go up against the NRA…but (now) you have a choice…between (Mayor Bloomberg) and going up against the NRA (and its lobbying history)…or side with the NRA and go up against (Mayor Bloomberg), who has unlimited resources…that’s the problem you have when somebody like (Bloomberg) that jumps into a district (race) that he lives 1000 miles away from.”

CHICAGO, IL (April 18, 2013) –  (Courtesy National Public Radio) Gun control advocates are regrouping after the Senate’s failure to pass new gun regulations on Wednesday. Host Michel Martin talks about the political news of the week with analysts Maria Teresa Kumar,  Republican strategist and former congressional candidate Lenny McAllister, and NPR’s Sr. Washington Editor, Ron Elving.

 

Originally aired on April 18, 2013 on NPR’s “Tell Me More”, hosted by Michele Martin.

 

Click HERE to listen to the segment on the NPR website or click on the picture above.

 

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LISTEN: The McAllister Minute (April 17 – 23, 2013)

In Audio on April 17, 2013 at 11:05 am
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“…After 9/11, our nation at least took a deep breath to grieve together and unite before mistrust crept in. We focused exclusively on heroism in the initial days. Now, even as the blood continues to flow from the (Boston Marathon) victims, some within our nation continue to fixate on political and racial hatred, not national togetherness…That’s not leadership, folks, and that is clearly not what America is supposed to be all about…”

“You know the talk of the puffed-up, politicized ‘tyranny’ that both the right and left promote over their pet issues – issues such as gun control, immigration amnesty, and taxation. Yet sadly, once again, we see the truth about true tyranny as it showed its ugly presence in Boston.

“What everyone continues to miss during our deep-seated, often-heated partisan debates over the past several years is what I continue to remind us of daily: if we continue to treat each other as though we are not fellow Americans – even during the most heated of political arguments – those that truly hate America are provided ample opportunities to blow our society apart.

“Literally.

“That’s not leadership, folks, and that is clearly not what America is supposed to be all about.

“We live in scary times post-9/11 and post-April 15, and I’m not even talking about airplanes or pressure-cooker bombs.  I’m talking about a self-inflicted tyranny that we better address before more smoke from terror fills our skies.

“We live in scary times. Be a difference-maker, folks, or be afraid.”

Catch Lenny McAllister’s latest version of “The McAllister Minute” on one of over 400 stations found on the American Urban Radio Network starting today by clicking the picture above or clicking HERE.

WATCH: Guns, Executives Orders, and Presidential Power on Huff Post Live

In Lenny for Congress, Video on January 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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Is the outrage over the latest rounds of executive orders from President Obama justified or merely politicized? Lenny McAllister talks to the crew of Huff Post Live.

CHICAGO, IL (January 24, 2013) –  (Courtesy HuffPost Live) Gun rights activists are livid at the President’s executive actions, but where have they been on targeted killings? You can’t have it both ways.

Originally aired on January 23, 2013

Hosted by: James Poulos and Alyona Minkovski

 

GUESTS:

  • Kevin Gosztola (Washington, DC) Journalist at FireDogLake @kgosztola
  • David Sirota (Denver, CO) Author of “Back To Our Future” @davidsirota
  • Lenny McAllister (Chicago, IL) Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (Illinois) @Lennymcallister

 

Click HERE to watch the segment or click on the picture above.

 

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WATCH: Lenny Talks Gun Control on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report”

In Lenny for Congress, Video on January 12, 2013 at 10:48 am
“These are weapons of war, and the bottom line is…even the most basic of gun is lethal. Therefore, you have to make sure you have measures in place, particularly in the21st century where the country is so connected…that make sure there are measures in place so that people can be safe, that people can be rational when they have these weapons…” Catch Lenny McAllister discuss gun control possibilities on CNBC's "The Kudlow Report" (January 10, 2013)

“These are weapons of war, and the bottom line is…even the most basic of gun is lethal. Therefore, you have to make sure you have measures in place, particularly in the21st century where the country is so connected…that make sure there are measures in place so that people can be safe, that people can be rational when they have these weapons…” Catch Lenny McAllister discuss gun control possibilities on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” (January 10, 2013)

 

CNBC (January 11, 2013) — CNBC’s Larry Kudlow (“The Kudlow Report”) talks with 2013 US congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (IL-2nd) and award-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker (the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) about the latest in the gun control debate highlighted by Vice President Biden’s comments on possible executive orders to address the issue.

 

“(Generally speaking), people with jobs and opportunities in life are not as inclined towards irresponsible ‘gun play’”, McAllister observed as part of the segment Friday night.

 

Watch “Reinstate Assault Weapons Ban?”  on “The Kudlow Report” on CNBC by clicking the link or the picture above.

 

Don’t forget: follow Lenny on Twitter at @lennymcallister, join his Facebook page and spread the word about Lenny for Congress (www.LennyForCongress.com)

 

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