Chicago's policies, not our guns, are real problem

2013-02-21T00:00:00Z Chicago's policies, not our guns, are real problem nwitimes.com
February 21, 2013 12:00 am

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart came to Indiana to meet with Gary and Lake County officials to claim our guns are their problem. But if our guns are a problem, why are they not a problem here?

We have few shootings on this side of the state line. It's not the availability of guns that is the real problem.

What the Illinois politicians and Dart don't want to talk about is the horrible economy in Cook County. The lack of jobs for inner-city residents. The 25+ percent unemployment rate among black males in Chicago. The city's high school dropout rate. The breakdown of the family unit in the inner city of Chicago. Many scholarly studies show the lack of a strong male figure in the family structure leads to children who are prone to violence, to early sexual promiscuity, to drop out of school and more likely to end up in prison.

Chicago has followed policies that have destroyed the family structure, and violence and crime have become their plague.

- Bob Skurka, Schererville

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