Black Encounters: Reader Responds To Ryan’s Interview Walk-Out

By Cora Ledet

In an interview at an ABC 12 affiliate in Flint MI a reporter asked GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan  “Does this country have a gun problem?”

According to Huffington Post:

Ryan responded saying, “this country has a crime problem.” When the reporter asked for clarification, Ryan explained that “good, strong gun laws” are currently on the books, “but we have to make sure we enforce our laws.” He goes on to clarify: “We have lots of laws that aren’t being properly enforced. We need to make sure we enforce these laws. But the best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity in the inner cities, is to help people get out of poverty in the inner cities, is to help teach people good discipline, good character (underlined for emphasis).That is civil society. That’s what charities, and civic groups, and churches do to help one another make sure that they can realize the value in one another.” 

First of all, who brought up “inner city?” The question was about “this country”. This is not a political issue that I take with Paul Ryan’s statements, it is a moral issue. I don’t say that crime doesn’t happen in the inner city or that there couldn’t be some improvement on the matter of crime, but to imply that violent crime comes out of the inner city is a gross misstatement. To suggest that good discipline and good character need to be taught in the inner city is an even worse misstatement. There are over 20 mass murders in the U.S. every year, and you know who commits them, it is not someone from the inner city, ninety-nine percent of these crimes are done by suburban white males and 80% of those who commit theses atrocities turn around and put a bullet in their own heads. “Oh, but they were mentally ill and emotionally scarred you say.” Yes, they were, but so are the ones in the inner city who take a gun and kill someone for any myriad of reasons. No sane person kills for the sake of killing.

So, I say to you Paul Ryan, if you want to teach people good discipline, and good character, start in your own neighborhood, because they need some work done too. This is not an inner city issue, it is a U.S. issue. Guns should not be in the hands of the mentally and emotionally disturbed.

*Cora Ledet is a reading and writing enthusiast who doesn’t mind making a point with the written word to rectify the stigma of cultural misconceptions and ignorance. She is currently penning a book about her Civil Rights pioneering parents and family.


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