Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently said parenting and aggressive policing were key to solving Chicago's gun violence problems. He is correct in including parenting is a part of the solution to the problem.
Children can very easily grow up and become criminals when parents are in jail, doing drugs, playing violent computer games with them or out committing crimes themselves. Children learn what they live.
The bottom line is young people need positive role models in their lives in order to become productive citizens. Emanuel also said as a solution, Chicago will help expand a mentoring program for young minority men.
We need more programs so young men and women can learn there is more to life than crime. Of course there are factors other than poor parenting that can lead a child to criminal behavior, but parenting is a big factor.
- Virginia Podkul, Gary