AR-15 massacres and gun violence in the city center: “When is enough?” How many children must die?

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When is enough? Is there a magic number of children and innocents that must be slaughtered before our weak-kneed “leaders” do anything but offer thoughts, prayers, and more weapons? Will too much gun violence ever be enough?

Our country is reeling from the consecutive AR-15 massacres. Meanwhile, in Alabama, downtown gun violence puts Birmingham and Mobile at a record homicide rate.

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Of AL.com report by Howard Koplowitz:

After the shooting death of a A 14-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy this week in MobileThe city’s police chief said Wednesday he and his department have zero tolerance for homicides plaguing the city this year while calling on Mobilians to cooperate with police to curb the violence.

“We are outraged. We’ve had enough,” Police Chief Paul Prine told reporters Wednesday afternoon as he provided an update on the homicides of 14-year-old Ciara Jackson and 11-year-old LeQuinten Morrissette.

On Monday, LeQuinten was shot and killed on Duval Street “for simply playing in his apartment,” Prine said.

On Tuesday night, Ciara was shot while “just driving with her friends on Michael Donald Avenue”, he said.

“Now I’m going to ask the community, ‘Are we fed up? We need your help. We need your help when you see something, say something. A tip can be crucial,” he said.

Earlier Wednesday, the police spokesman sergeant. John Young got emotional talk to reporters.

See Sergeant. Young’s impassioned plea here

“This 23rd homicide of the year tears me apart, for personal reasons. Ciara is 14 years old. She died on a street named after Michael Donald, which was the last known lynching by the Ku Klux Klan in 1980” , said Young, who is black.

“Forty years later, more innocent blood is shed on this street which is supposed to commemorate death and sacrifice, and a black girl being shot on this street by a black man is disgusting – I said,” Young, who is black, continued.

“There is a subculture of gun violence in the city of Mobile with young black men. and it’s high time we did something about it – I said it, so no one should be called a racist anymore.

Young said he hoped Ciara’s death would be a wake-up call for the city.

“Our homicides – 19, 19, 18, 17, 16, 14, 11 and 4 years old – were all black children,” the sergeant said.

“When are we, as a city, going to wake up and say ‘let’s fix this’. I said it, now it’s out in the open, isn’t it? Alright. If you kill me in the media, Alright. But don’t forget those innocent black lives that were lost. An 11-year-old boy yesterday, a 14-year-old boy last – when is enough? »

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