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Teen Mass Violence: The Non-Discriminatory American Epidemic

In Articles on September 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm
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Today’s teen violence is a problem that transcends race, gender, and socioeconomic level – and it’s likely a symptom of an adult problem

 

NEW YORK CITY/ PITTSBURGH (April 16, 2014) – (Courtesy Global Grind / BmoreGossip)

 

“As a native of Pittsburgh living here during the aftermath of the Franklin Regional High School tragedy last week and as a former resident on the south side of Chicago for several years, perhaps I have a unique perspective on the incidents of violence in America, especially youth-initiated violence and urban violence.

 

“And, despite what you may have heard from the pundits around the nation and the folks at your modern-day water cooler (be it real or via social media) recently, this is not about race, gender, creed, or socioeconomic level.

 

“The teen violence – and, notably, the mass violence – we continue to see across the nation from ongoing gang wars in Chicago to mass assaults in the “Era of Columbine” has less to do with how we educate our boys, the geographical locations of the tragedies, or the skin color of the assailants. Teen violence, urban violence, and mass violence – much of which being committed by people younger than 25 years old – are symptoms of an American problem, not a demographic problem.

 

“It’s as simple as that.”

 

Read the article in its entirety on Global Grind.com or Bmore Gossip:

http://globalgrind.com/2014/04/16/teen-mass-violence-the-non-discriminatory-american-epidemic-by-lenny-mcallister-blog/

http://bmoregossip.com/teen-mass-violence-the-non-discriminatory-american-epidemic-by-lenny-mcallister

 

 

WATCH: Marc Lamont Hill Talks to Lenny about NRA, Guns, and Black America

In Video on August 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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“The NRA’s problem isn’t about not advertising to the Black community. Its problem is about the bad advertising that goes to Black America and urban America everyday at 5 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 10 o’clock, and 11 o’clock on the daily newscasts shown throughout the nation due to the urban violence we’re experiencing…”

NEW YORK CITY / CHICAGO (August 12, 2013– (Courtesy Huff Post Live) If guns are supposed to be used primarily for safety and protection as the NRA would argue, then why are they almost exclusively marketed towards only white people? Is there a place for people of color in gun culture?

Hosted by: Marc Lamont Hill

Guests:

  • Clark Aposhian @clarkapo (Salt Lake City, UT) Chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council
  • Lenny McAllister @Lennymcallister (Chicago, IL) Former Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (Illinois)
  • Laura Stampler @laurastampler (New York , NY) Reporter at Business Insider
  • Rick Ector @detriotccw (Detroit, MI) Gun Rights Activist and Gun Collector

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

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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: 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 McAllister on CNBC (December 26, 2012)

In Video on December 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm
David Ormsby (Chicago blogger at The Huffington Post) and Lenny McAllister (Republican, Illinois' 2nd Congressional District) debate legality vs. ethics of The Journal News' decision to publish the names and addresses of all the known gun permit-holders in its readership area.

David Ormsby (Chicago blogger at The Huffington Post) and Lenny McAllister (Republican, Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District) debate legality vs. ethics of The Journal News’ decision to publish the names and addresses of all the known gun permit-holders in its readership area.

CHICAGO, IL (December 26, 2012) – (courtesy of CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report”) The Journal News of Westchester County in New York is being discussed throughout the news after the paper decided to publish the names and addresses of all the known gun permit-holders in its readership area. David Ormsby (Chicago blogger at The Huffington Post) and Lenny McAllister discuss.

To watch the interview, please click on the link HERE

You can also visit the CNBC website by going HERE

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Official Statement: Sandy Hook Memorial Service (December 16, 2012)

In Lenny for Congress, Speeches on December 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

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CHICAGO (December 16, 2012) — Lenny McAllister, upon hearing the presidential remarks made in Newtown, Connecticut tonight, issued the following statement:

“While we collectively remember the loss of innocence with the flight of our littlest angels from Connecticut last week, the harrowing pain from Sandy Hook is only intensified by the thoughts of the ongoing urban violence that many within Chicago, including those within the Second Congressional District, continue to endure on a frightening regular basis, often in nearby communities to where both President Obama and I call home.

“I commend President Obama for his stately eloquence in delivering the solemn remarks in remembrance of the fallen Americans that we lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.

“Just as President Obama is rightfully saddened and angered by having to attend his fourth mass shooting memorial service since becoming president, we Americans must join in that contempt, using our love for our children and their bright potential to secure the future for all of our youth from Sandy Hook to the south side of Chicago. We must push ourselves to action, promising those we lost and those we still have with us a simple vow: that the senseless trend of violence and loss of life cannot be continued any longer throughout America. Through sensible and tempered cooperation as one big team, we can stop the violence and uphold the very best of America without fear and lawlessness impinging upon our lives any longer. We can learn the lessons from the scars of the heart that we have incurred too often over recent times. I know that we will – together – and we will overcome. I look forward to the day when we succeed and I hope that this new dawn comes much sooner than later.

“May God Bless and keep the eternal souls of the heroes and loved ones from Friday’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. May God heal the broken hearts of every family member involved. May God watch over us all and may He bless the United States of America.”

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Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently seeking office in Illinois’ vacant 2nd Congressional District seat.

For more information, go to LennyForCongress.com or call 773-492-0509.

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WATCH: Lenny McAllister Talks Bullet Tax on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report”

In Video on October 19, 2012 at 9:25 am

Catch CNBC host Larry Kudlow speak with Lenny McAllister about the proposed bullet tax in Chicago on Thursday’s edition of “The Kudlow Report”

“This is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard of. It’s another example of an ivory-towered, highbrow solution from detached legislators. A lot of time, what you see from people that are often removed – often times from the very far left and progressives – are approaches from legislators that are detached from problems and giving highbrow solutions to issues that need folks to roll up their sleeves in order to resolve…(And to solve these problems, you must remove the apathy)….you have apathy (in Chicago)…you have these same types of approaches (such as the proposed Bullet Tax) that are supposed to resolve the same old types of problems (e.g., gun violence) and, as a result, you get the same old results (for kids in bad neighborhoods in Chicago)…”

WASHINGTON (October 18, 2012) – Conservative political commentator and urban community advocate Lenny McAllister (The Chicago Defender contributor and author, “Spoken Thoughts of an Amalgamated Advocate in Today’s America”) talks with “The Kudlow Report” host Larry Kudlow about the proposed bullet tax that Cook County (Chicago, IL) officials are considering to address the spike in violence in the Windy City.

Catch Lenny’s take on CNBC by clicking HERE to watch the segment on the CNBC website to you can enjoy the segment by clicking the picture above.

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The Real #1 Civil Rights Issue in America: Stopping Urban Violence

In Articles on June 25, 2012 at 8:18 am

Some activists understand what many national civil rights organizations and leaders refuse to see: the #1 civil rights issue today is stopping urban violence for the sake of residents, communities, schools, and businesses.

After another violent weekend in Chicago and a hot summer coming up for urban areas nationally, ending the violence in Black America must be the principal civil rights goal of our times.

With each gunshot that is fired off on the mean streets of Chicago, the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, and south central Los Angeles, an emotional – and common sense – salvo for civil rights should be shot into the air as a rallying call for Black America to see.

 

Regardless of the partisan arguments that incorrectly note that fighting against voter ID laws or fighting for gay marriage rights are the primary focuses of this election cycle, the resounding truth rings in the air each time bullets whiz past the innocent and the misguided.

 

The primary civil rights issue in this election cycle, in this era, and of this generation must be the elimination of the hyper-violent, gun-toting culture that is dictating so much within urban communities throughout the nation. Any other issue that acts as a primary focus and subsequently removes attention away from this cancerous trend in our communities shifts resources of money, talent, and brain-power needlessly.

 

Not to say that discriminatory practices that inhibit American citizens from voting should not be addressed or that gay Americans should be forced to hide in the shadows to avoid wrongful slander and harm. Yet, any African-American organization, community group, or religious association that feels that political fights over certain social issues should be favored over shutting down the bullet-filled battlegrounds of our communities either is missing the point or is hijacking the civil rights mantle while abdicating their historical obligation.

 

Catch more of Lenny McAllister’s “Black America Must Confront #1 Civil Rights Issue: Violence” on Politic365.

The March on Gun Shops Double Standard

In Articles on June 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

If Black leaders remain coyly selective on how and when they protest for what is just, the continued end results may just be in vain.

The proposed “marches on gun shops” to bring attention to Chicago’s spike in violence could lead to an unlikely destination and thus an unnecessary conundrum for Black leaders.

Recently, there have been a lot of tweets and scuttlebutt out there concerning a proposed organized effort (led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.) to protest gun shops around the nation in protest to the recent violence seen in cities such as Chicago.

Odd, considering that legal gun ownership in the city of Chicago was not viable until post-2010 by way of the McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court case from a few years back.

I commend Rev. Jackson for his years of service to America and the Black community. Those that have heard me on the air know that I don’t do the ugly names that get hurled at him and notable others. I also don’t attach over-generalizing motives to all of his actions.

Just the same, I believe in the validity of the Second Amendment – although as a Pittsburgh native and a Chicago resident, I understand the debate over appropriate urban gun oversight. That said, I hope the Reverend doesn’t get into a faux war with small business owners that happen to be gun shop owners.

It would be akin to taking on all of the liquor stores in our communities in the hope that we can stem the tide of substance abuse and unhealthiness in Black America.

How successful has that effort been? Of course, couple those efforts to close community liquor stores with us watching the most successful grocery chains in our communities sell alcohol to us 40- ounces at a time from aisles sitting right beside the frozen juices, distilled water and frozen vegetables.

We don’t say much about that contradiction.

A symbolic boycott of the gun shops will likely be as effective as the Congressional Black Caucus grilling Attorney General Eric Holder over the recent spike in shootings in Chicago, including the beloved South Side communities. Reaching for low-hanging fruit solutions to address the youth violence decimating our communities (such as probing the Department of Justice for possible – and unnecessary – big government involvement or taking on small business owners over decades-long challenges) does nothing for the high-wind drama that we collectively continue to catch.

Black leaders apply double standards and inconsistent methodologies to our issues – namely, protesting those that are outside of our circles of friends and influence while condoning the dysfunction ongoing within our comfort zones of confidants.  As long as they do that, we will continue to capture attention in the media, yet continue failing to capture any long-lasting solutions.

 

Catch more of Lenny McAllister’s “The March on Gun Shops Double Standard” on Politic365