Back in June, 50 people had already been murdered in Louisville in 2016, and I said that by New Year’s Day, 50 more Louisvillians would be shot dead.
But it turns out I was wrong. Because more than 50 have been murdered since then. Right now the total number for the year stands at 119, and there are sure to be still more.
Many people seem to think more police are the answer, but the truth is, even doubling the police force would be unlikely to stem the tide.
Sure, adding more police would probably result in more murders being solved. But it won’t do much to prevent them from happening in the first place. Because for the most part, even murderers aren’t stupid enough to kill with an officer in sight.
The real problem behind this epidemic is that there are too many young, under-educated people lacking proper motivation whose own lives are so empty of meaning that the value of human life is insignificant to them. And the only way we can really address the problem is by mentoring and educating the next generation so they develop an appreciation of their own existence that would make taking another life unthinkable.
Educating and mentoring are not as simple as merely adding more cops on the street, but it’s our only real hope.
Call and tell us what you think.
I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.