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My Turn: Being proactive in keeping our neighborhoods safe

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It's gut check time for the people in this community who want to keep our neighborhoods safe. 

We've heard from several people about wanting to put an end to gang violence.  The city started a series of meetings last month and people showed up in big numbers to the first one.

A few weeks later, and with an apparent slow down in violence, the number of ‘concerned citizens' appears to be dwindling. This week's meeting barely drew a couple dozen.

Unfortunately, we've seen this before.  Who could forget the determined faces of our politicians who pledged to have officers in our schools shortly after the Sandy Hook school shooting this time last year?  What happened with that? 

We addressed it.  But not for long, and then we all went on summer vacation and the politicians quietly decided it was too expensive.

Look, we all know we'll be back in large numbers again once the next tragedy happens. But why not buckle down now and keep working on the issue?  And maybe, just maybe, the next tragedy won't happen so soon.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at


Emailed response from viewers:

What a fantastic MyTurn tonight!!! I couldn't agree with you any more! 

Complacency is not an excuse. As you said, it shouldn't take something bad to happen before the community springs into action.

I am furious that police officers were removed from our elementary schools, yet I am told there is nothing that can be done because of funding or personnel or whatever the excuse is that week.

But I am sure, God forbid, something happens, either locally or nationally, and something will have to be done.

Case in point, this past weekend I was at Carmike 16 to enjoy a movie with my son.  The side emergency exit door was propped open with a pack of cigarettes. Has everyone forgot what that guy did at the Batman movie in Colorado?? Apparently so.

Thank you for voicing the opinion of many. Unfortunately, everyone watching agreed with you, yet no one is going to DO anything about it.....that is, until something bad happens.

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