The recent surge in crime around Jackson has caused a bit of a stir in the city. Truth is, crime has been apart of the City of Jackson for a long time, it’s just become more visible in the recent weeks because of the back-to-back tragedies we’ve faced.
While logging on to social media and watching the news, I’ve seen people give their opinions on what can be done to help or curb the violence. Some were good ideas but some were just stupid and they really ticked me off.
“Cue the Rant!”
First of all, the crime problem is extensive and complicated so it can’t be solved with simple solutions. Like losing weight, lowering city crime doesn’t happen overnight. It takes months and years to lose weight as does lowering the crime rate. It only begins after a lifestyle change. So changes as significant as crime problems will take real time after you address the problem in a multitude of ways. Simply put, things like crime problems are complicated and cannot be solved overnight. They take a bunch of solutions that take time to show results.
I saw some people say that the best way to solve the crime problem is to have more police and stiffer penalties for offenders. The problem isn’t as simple as making harsher penalties. You don’t get the best results by finding cures to terrible diseases. The best way to stop diseases is to prevent them from starting. The truth of the matter is that harsher penalties don’t deter criminals. Criminals and people who commit crimes don’t keep up with the amount of years a crime will get you. Most of the crimes, especially the ones we’ve been seeing in the past few weeks, are passion or heat of the moment crimes. They were done irrationally and out of rash emotions.
Education is the real key to fixing the crime problem in Jackson. There is truth in this statement I’m about to make:
“When people know better, they do better.”
People don’t plan on being killers or thieves or criminals. Things happen out of circumstances where they have to make decisions to survive. And sometimes people have just never literally seen better. Most people take for granted that they have two parents or even one good parent who taught them good values and showed them things through their actions. Many people haven’t seen someone go to college, grow up to be a doctor or lawyer or do anything positive, so how can you expect them do strive for better if they’ve never even seen it?
It all starts with educating the youth while giving older people opportunities and showing them ways to be successful. People who don’t know better start with a disadvantage and in order for the world to be a better place everyone must work to help everyone to get on the same level and achieve their dreams.
That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to cue the Sir Charles.