MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Local 24 News political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on gun deaths in the Mid-South.
Shootings, unfortunately, occur so often in Memphis, that most residents have grown numb to them. But when they result in the death of a young child, we must do more than just shake our heads and say what a shame. We have to somehow be more proactive in keeping our children from being harmed or killed because of a proliferation of guns.
In the latest case, a 4-year-old boy was shot inside a Frayser apartment Monday afternoon. He died later at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. And with that, this community is again faced with the horrible news that a child just past toddler age has lost his life because of senseless gunfire.
As more details surrounding the shooting emerge, we have to ask ourselves, what can we do to stem the tide of gun deaths in Memphis? How do we keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them? How can we better promote gun safety in the home? And what can be done to stop people from shooting into cars on our expressways?
Of course, we grieve for the loss of an innocent 4-year-old. It is the most tragic thing imaginable for any parent, and it’s compounded one-hundred-fold when the death could have been prevented.
Our city is in desperate need of answers. Because we cannot accept deadly violence as a way of life in the Bluff City. And that’s my point of view.