DETROIT, MI – There are so many people working so very hard to make Detroit a better place than it was or is. But then another frightening issue pops up and it needs to be faced.
Photos recently surfaced on social media that are nothing short of alarming. Kids with guns. Children who live on the east side of the City of Detroit, posting pictures of themselves or others that they know, brandishing weapons. In all three photos they appear to be teenagers.
The photos represent fear and intimidation being thrust on others who want and need to live life without these types of concerns.
So many questions are raised when seeing the pictures. Obviously the first and foremost question is “How did they get their hands on a gun?” Then there are the questions of “Where are their parents?”, “Who will one of these kids harm?”, and “Why do they feel that having a gun is OK?” There is absolutely no excuse that is right or logical about a minor child having unfettered access to a weapon.
When one or more of these teens tries to rob someone and the tables get turned and they end up dead, their parents or guardians will be wringing their hands wondering why they are now having to bury a son or daughter. We will hear the common refrain of ‘Not my child. They were always good. They never gave me or anyone problems.’ This a public health issue and it needs to be faced head-on.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy just charged the parents of a 10-year-old boy because he accidentally shot himself in the hand after he found a gun in the home where he lives at. Both parents were charged with 2nd Degree Child Abuse. And rightfully they should be charged.
Eight children have been killed or seriously injured over the last 17 months in shootings that involved loaded, unsecured weapons in Detroit homes.
Five-year-old Mariah Davis found a loaded gun beneath a pillow while staying at her grandparent’s home on the 19700 block of Oakfield, at about 9:40 p.m., on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016. She shot herself in the neck and died.
The grandparents have each been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, three counts each of second-degree child abuse and each with felony firearm possession.
The teens in the photos need to be tracked down along with their parents by authorities so no one gets hurt. Once caught, the parents and the teens need to face some very serious charges. Its time to get them off the streets before they hurt someone or they themselves end up dead.
Marching in the streets hoping for a better outcome is not going to solve the epidemic of guns and violence. Using your voice to put a stop to the problem is what will make a difference.
If you or someone you know of has information as to anyone of the individuals in the photos, please call the Detroit Police Department at (313)-577-2222 or call Crime Stoppers. Make your voice heard. Direct them to this article and tell them what you know about those in the pictures.
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