How to stop the spike in New York City gun violence?

How to stop the spike in New York City gun violence?

In 2015, there was a spike in New York City’s gun violence crime rate. Murders were up 19% and shooting incidents increased nearly 10% compared to the same time last year. Many New Yorkers are alarmed and concerned. They want to know why the city’s youth are so violent, and more importantly, where are they getting all these illegal guns from? As the founder of Wheelchairs Against Guns, a nonprofit organization that conducts anti-violence workshops at NYC schools, I come into contact with inner city youth on a daily basis, so I would like to share my insights on these issues. I cant say for sure where all these weapons are coming from, but I can tell you from first hand experience, guns are as enticing to our inner city kids as a new pair of Air Jordan’s. And considering the number of incidents involving gun violence, it seems the guns are easier and/or cheaper to get than a new pair of sneakers. How can we begin to address this problem of gun violence?   Social scientist say the violence amongst our youth is due to mental illnesses, but I don’t agree. I don’t want to label our inner city youth “sick” because I believe these issues stem from a lack of productive alternatives in their communities. Illegal guns and drugs flood lower income neighborhoods and the at-risk kids that need resources the most aren’t receiving any.  Most are left without positive guidance and are looking for direction anywhere they can find it. Unfortunately, that usually means joining the neighborhood street gangs. These kids are constantly exposed to negativity and the...