However, the Washington Post offered a potential solution to the violence today: pay people to not kill each-other.
The post article cites the case of Richmond, Calif., and Devone Boggan. Boggan is a former criminal who ran with gangs in Richmond, and is now a community activist.
He was asked by the city of Richmond to help its violence problem during a time when the city held the 11th-highest murder rate in the country. He founded the Office of Neighborhood Safety in 2000, and identified the 50 men in the community who were most likely to kill, and be killed.
Speaking with mentors hardened on the streets, the 50 men sought counseling and joined an 18-month program that helped them develop life skills, take anger management classes, and get paid while doing so—up to $1,000 a month.Pay people to behave.
What a novel concept: Reward people with monetary handouts for their successful participation in civilization.
Well, at least it beats asking for divine intervention to halt the bloodshed... (below is a press release SBPDL received for a multicultural prayer march this upcoming Saturday in Baltimore):
BALTIMORE–June 15, 2015–On June 20th, city pastors, community leaders and police facing the highest murder rate in 40 years will engage in a unity and prayer rally. The rally has been organized by the Multi-Cultural Prayer Movement of Baltimore: 400 participating churches in the Mid-Atlantic Region. In strategic community engagement, the allied churches will address root causes of poverty and unrest in Baltimore and all of Maryland.
“Together--and together only--can we begin to change our city.” Bishop Angel Nunez, president of the Multicultural Prayer Movement.
"The police department needs the help of grassroots partners to ensure community safety. Once again, we call on the church to help lead the way to Baltimore’s peace and reconciliation."Lt. Col. Melvin Russell said.
It's hard to determine whether or not 2015 America is a tragedy or a comedy.