Flash Mobs on the Plaza Lead to Shooting and Mayor James Being Shoved to the Ground

Posted: August 15, 2011 in Kansas City, Kansas City News
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Thought I would share this, it was on the Drudge Report this morning. The unsupervised teen mobs that have been occurring at the Plaza resulted in violence this past Saturday.

From a KC Star article today.

“The shootings occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday near 47th and Wyandotte streets. When shots rang out — witnesses reported hearing five or six — James was about 50 yards away. His two bodyguards pushed him to the ground and drew their guns.”

Mayor Sly James posted a statement this morning on his Facebook page.

First, I would like to pass along an update on the three injured young people. All three are stable, which is very good news. Last night, I witnessed firsthand hundreds of young people on the Plaza. Many were very young. Most were without parents.

While we may not be able to stop shootings like the one last night, understand that the situation cannot stand. I have been working today, and will continue to work this week ahead of City Council session on Thursday with the police, the council, the courts and the 14 school districts in Kansas City to determine a path forward that helps keeps kids safe not only on the Plaza but throughout our city.

We have a youth problem on the Plaza, but more than that we have a parent problem. Twelve, 13 and 14-year-olds do not arrive on the Plaza by themselves. We need parents to pay attention and get involved. As a city, we can pass any number of ordinances, start all kinds of programs, but if our parents are not more involved in parenting, we cannot solve this issue.

So I am reaching out to all who will listen. We need your help. Reducing the crime in our neighborhoods and keeping our children safe will require a coordinated effort. It cannot just be the city, or the police department, or churches, or schools; rather it must be all of the above and more. Whatever the solution is, I know it begins and ends at home.

I applaud the Mayor for his courage to speak out in this manner and agree that there is certainly a problem with parental responsibility in this matter. I do think Kansas City may have chosen correctly with Mayor James.

Folks, whether you see it or not, American society is destabilizing. You can pin this upon decades of the destruction of the importance of personal responsibility and the belief in a shared collective responsibility. It’s never your fault, it’s always someone else. This is why I am appreciative that the mayor is putting this back on the people who are responsible for the problem first and foremost. There is nothing wrong with asking the community to do more, but it has to fall first at the feet of those responsible. Parents must start to take responsibility for their children, people must start to take responsibility for their actions.

I fear more of this will be common place in our inner cities as the economy doesn’t improve. Youth African-American unemployment is currently 39.2% and youth white unemployment is 23%! Our teens need leaders in the community to explain to them that things are tough, they’re going to be tough, but violence and the destruction of other people’s property is not going to solve anything. Things are getting bad for many American families. And I hate to break it to you, it’s not going to change anytime soon because of the economic policies that are currently in place in this country. It’s going to be worse unless there is a significant change toward freedom.

I would encourage the mayor to consider a youth curfew for individuals not out with their parents who are under the age of 18. Tickets, fines, and community service for the parents and the youth that are out breaking the curfew or causing problems. At the end of the day, I don’t think this is going to completely solve the problem.

You may not agree with this, but I would highly encourage you to learn to protect yourself. This includes a self-defense course, a conceal carry permit, and your own personal firearm. If you look above, it works well for the mayor’s bodyguards, it would work well for you.

I would also encourage people to help out where they can. This is a time when we need people to be the people they were meant to be, not the people we have become. That’s Faith (for those that are believers), Hope, and Charity. On the political front it’s voting for politicians that believe in freedom, personal responsibility, and the reduction of spending that is financially breaking us. We have a bumpy ride ahead of us but we can, and will make it through the dark days ahead.


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