• #52

    I am already parenting my kids. If everyone would do the same we would have fewer little hood rat felons running around shooting people, stealing cars, selling and doing drugs, etc. It starts at home, good or bad.
  • #53
    @AceLuby Exactly! You prove the futility of government and laws ever fixing anything in this area. It is personal responsibility that creates good decent people, not laws or government.
  • #21
    I hardly think he will address the real root causes -- they never do!
    Such as dysfunctional families, single parent youngsters having out of wedlock babies which continues the cycle of dependency and hopelessness at the tax payer expense ,
    holding one responsible for his/her actions instead of treating them as a victims.
  • #15
    Any sign of disrespect that I displayed as a child was dealt with harshly. If you even forget to say sir or ma'am when speaking to an adult could lead to at the least a smack in the mouth. Lack of discipline leads to the failure of our youth.
  • #54
    They create and propagate violence, so that they may do just that. The more the media can exploit the violence committed by a few hood rats, the easier they can get the sheep to give up their rights without conflict.
  • #48
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday is hosting a meeting with mayors from across the country to discuss how to reduce youth violence, the White House said

    "We will throw more tax payer monies at this problem" Barack Obama
  • #43
    Wow .....What a scary photo of Obama. Wonder who he really is and what he really represents. Terrifying.
  • #19
    The biggest problem that black youth has is the lack of a strong father figure. The longer term should be to discourage unmarried mothers. I would bet against Obama mentioning either one.
  • #18
    None of the listed solutions are going to do much. Stop and frisk, maybe? Better vetting for entitlements? The payoff for any permanent change will be in the next generation.
  • #47
    Legalize weed. Jobs. Recognize that most crimes stem from poverty. There really isn't realllllly comes down to parents.
  • #12
    First...gun control will not solve the problems of these big cities. People must understand that lumping all children into one big pot is not going to solve the problem. The two things that must be first addressed is the gang influence and the lack of parenting in low income areas. I don't care what color the skin is, if they are in poverty they are at great risk. The gangs are all about money and do that they are big into drug trafficking and drug culture. They use it to reward their members and then control them with violence. The kids in poverty are the easiest prey for them. And, the gang leaders are soon role models for these poor kids.
    To hell with political correctness! Profile these thugs any way you have to. Police know who is doing the crap so let them do their jobs to stop the crime.
  • #42
    Remember when Quail spoke of family values? Maybe more people should have listened? Just goes to show, you don't have to know how to spell potato to know whats best for your kids.
  • #55
    @marine1 That's true. The erosion of the family unit has been the greatest loss to our society. And, the inner cities have suffered dearly because of it.
  • #10
    Get the kids off dope and the dealers out of the parking lots and some good things might happen. I know this is a crazy idea, but if you can find a way to teach black teens, you know, Obama namesakes, not to rape, rob, and kill people, that just might help also.
  • #16
    What about the white teens who "rape, rob, and kill people"? Shouldn't a way be found to teach them too?
  • #68
    Words of Wisdom....

    Youth and a Different drug problem………Randy and Melanie Bordelon

    The following letter has appeared on the internet and was viewed by many readers. Many felt it would be appropriate for the readers of Avoyelles Parish.

    "The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a Methamphetamine lab had been found in a old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question,“Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?”
    I replied, I had a drug problem when I was young:
    I was drug to church on Sunday morning.
    I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.
    I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
    I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.
    I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.
    I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity.
    I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad’s fields.
    I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to now the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood, and if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.

    Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place. God bless the parents that drugged us.

    I tell me kids and grandkids all the time when they complain about their kids behavior, be their parent not their friend. When they become adults, then you can be their friend, but right now your job is to be the parent. So I am telling you to drug your kids. They will thank you for it one day. Nothing else to add except this American Drug Problem is good to have. What a different country we would be." Amen brother!

  • #9
    Hell, NO! The military is an honorable career. No place for hoodrats and gangbangers in the military. I propose work camps in the desert.
  • #31

    I know of a "gang banger", dropped out of high school, broken home, mom and step dad, druggies. Kid was sent to Army recruiter, afterwards sent for GED, then off for boot camp.
    Today he's 29, 3 tours Iraq, decorated war veteran and now works a 6 digit private sector job.
    Army has a way of motivating "losers."
  • #35
    @DavidRobertson Boot camp is the only way to solve this problem. I agree, very important job once boot camp is over, but until that happens, I'm betting there are many screw-ups that get fixed VERY quickly. They need male role models and to be pulled from their environment.
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  • #69
    In societies that are made up of a majority of one race/culture you find very little violence. In societies where there are large numbers of different races/cultures violence becomes a norm because people feel inwardly threatened. It is human nature to want the element of superiority, but we became globally entwined faster than we were able to evolve away from that feeling of wanting to be number one. There is nothing we can do to change the fact that we will now always live among people of different cultures. We HAVE to do something to bring ourselves together and that one thing is to teach our children compassion and the value of life.

    Our country seems to accept, even worships violence. We're a society based on superiority and self-importance. Our reactionary tendencies, left over from years of Puritan and Victorian ideals, keep us from building a better society through humanistic means rather than retribution. If generations to come learn to accept the circumstance that we're all on this boat together and then teach generations of kindness and compassion rather than hate and violence, then we might see things improve for everyone.
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