West End Violence (5/29/12) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

West End Violence (5/29/12)

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Point of View has always been a place where the important issues facing the community can be discussed. And there's no more important issue confronting Louisville right now than the recent string of deadly shootings in the city's West End.

Unfortunately, there are no simple solutions. But I do know many of the ideas being tossed around aren't the answers.

Some say the police need to do a better job. But when violence is so matter-of-fact -- and people value their own lives so little -- no amount of police vigilance can prevent the bloodshed. 

Others have responded by calling for "rallies against violence" and community seminars. But those are just futile gestures that'll only reach the already-converted.

And still others, secure in their own safe neighborhoods, say the law-abiding people in these areas need to step up and "take back their neighborhoods." But when fear is this pervasive and the next shot could seemingly come from any direction, such bravery's not so cheap.

So what is the answer? In the long term, huge changes in what society expects from people – and what people expect from society – will have to occur.

But in the short term? Frankly, I don't know if there is one. And that's a frightening thought.

If you have an idea, please call and share it. We could use some answers.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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