With the recent shootings across northern Alabama and even statewide, some social activists are calling for changes to educate black men about the dangers of gun violence.
Social leaders want to make sure they raise awareness about gun violence to keep young black men out of trouble and jail.
“We can’t stop anything from happening,” said Shannette Bone, who works for Faith and Action Alabama. “Some of the things can take effect immediately if we change the laws, change the way we treat our communities and change the way we treat our children. I know they say parenting starts at home, but it takes a whole village.”
She said her goal is to try to bring peace to the community, the city and the world.
Gun violence continues to be a hot topic in the United States
Two recent cases include Alabama Crimson Tide basketball player Darius Miles, who faces capital murder charges after a woman was found dead this weekend, and the Strip mall shooting at Legacy Events in Huntsville. Two young women were killed and several suspects arrested.
“There’s no rethinking in life, so once you pull the trigger you don’t know where the bullet will go. You have to understand that you are harming both your family and the victim’s family,” Bone said. “So that’s a more severe division in our community as a whole. We’re too divided. ‘United we stand, divided we fall’ so we must come together to be united.”
LaGerrette Crawford, Faith and Action Alabama community organizer, believes it takes a community effort to teach about gun violence prevention for this to happen.
“It will not take just one group of organizers to make this happen. We have to have everyone on board,” Crawford said. “Our law enforcement officers have specific rules, our educators have roles, our community alumni leaders have roles, and some of our local institutions have roles.”
Crawford also said it was a one-way street. She has an urgent message for black men.
“One thing our young brothers need to understand is that we need to learn how to solve our own problems and problems. Taking up arms is not the way out,” she said.
Crawford said now is the time for Huntsville to come together and end the violence.
“As Huntsville continues to grow, so will crime. Gun violence will also increase. So we need to come together and join the community round table, and let’s get our minds together and figure out a way that we can advance community violent interventions through our city,” she said.