If the gun violence these asshole local elected officials are talking about has to do with the gun laws or as idiot Councilman Ruben Wills stated “inaction by a certain political party in Congress that is controlled by the [National Rifle Association”, then why are not white communities seeing their young men shot every other day or the young men in the Asian Community or even the young men in the Queens Muslim Community. Here we go again with these useless and inept local elected officials not getting to the crux of the issue and the reality. Gun control laws certainly would not stop the violence in places like Jamaica, since those guns are mostly bought illegally. So one thing has nothing to do with the other.
The problem goes deeper and has been doing on for decades in black communities and leaders like Meeks, Wills, Comrie, Cook and all the other assholes are at the cause of it, allowing black communities to deteriorate something horribly. Allowing quality of life issues like illegal truck driving on residential streets, auto body shops turning community streets into junkyard blight, illegal garbage dumping and all the other issues that none of these clowns have addressed and have ignored for years. Throw on top of that the lack of proper services in communities like Jamaica and the dumping of numerous homeless shelters and poisonous waste stations and you are creating a ghetto community with ghetto mentality that results in violence. When you allow communities of color to just fall apart, which is what these elected officials and our government have done for decades, then, this is the result. You can put two and two together. The problem is NOT GUNS, the problem is within the black communities themselves.
Each one of these elected officials and the community board have ignored all of these quality of life issues that myself, community activist Pamela Hazel and others have brought up for years. This is the typical computer generated response that myself and Ms. Hazel have gotten from Senator Leroy Comrie for years, even when he was Councilmember for 12 years:
Thank you for contacting me. Your concerns and questions are of utmost importance to me. A member of my staff or I will be in contact with you
shortly to discuss your issue. If you require immediate assistance, please feel free to contact my Queens District Office at 718-454-0162 or my Albany Legislative Office at 518-455-2701. You can also feel free to come in and speak directly with a community or legislative representative. For office hours and directions, please visit Office of NYS Senator Leroy Comrie. Again, thank you for contacting me.
The man has not once reached out at all with all these quality of life issues which cause the Jamaica community to continually deteriorate. And neither have any of these other clowns.
State Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica) was among the elected officials calling for change. REALLY, in all her years she has done crap for this community and has not properly addressed any of the complaints and issues that have been going on for such a long time. State Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said the NRA is blocking legislation that 80 percent of the country agrees on. “If you’re on the watch list, you should not be able to buy a firearm,” he said. “This is common sense legislation that the NRA should support, that anyone that cares about this country should support.” BUT what the hell does that have to do with Jamaica and the poor quality of life issues in THIS COMMUNITY. WHAT does that have to do with young black men shooting and killing other young black men.
The problem is not “gun control”, the problem is within the black community where leaders have created a horrible environment of blight, filth, hopelessness and despair, all which eventually leads to violence if not addressed.
Yes, we need certain common sense gun control laws in this country, but that has NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with what is going on in the Jamaica community and other black communities across the country.
Real nice to blame another party, when the Dirty Southeast Democratic party and their corrupt and useless elected officials have not addressed their own communities issues and that includes Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Mayor deBlasio and Public Advocate Letitia James, who ALL know the conditions in Jamaica and have done NOTHING to address them and improve those conditions.
BUCK THE FUCK UP and be the public servants you are supposed to be. BE ACCOUNTABLE. But somehow I don’t see that happening, not when you turn this issue into “it’s them” and not accepting your role in all of this, while the whole time you continually ignore the quality of life issues that have been happening in Jamaica for decades.
I am so fucking fed up with all of these assholes.
From Queens Chronicle:
Families, pols rally against gun violence
Protest follows on heels of Jamaica shooting and Washington, DC sit-in
Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2016 10:30 am | Updated: 11:56 am, Thu Jul 7, 2016.
Four days after a 30-year-old man was shot in the face on Sutphin Boulevard in South Jamaica, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) and other community leaders gathered near the site to demand legislative change and an end to gun violence.
The press conference on June 29 coincided with the National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence, and fell several days after Meeks participated in a 26-hour Democratic sit-in in Washington to protest House Republican leadership’s unwillingness to bring to the floor legislation to prevent gun violence.
“We’re here because this is a national day against hate and gun violence,” Meeks said. “It is something we’re doing all over the country. We’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
The legislation involves two bills: One would prevent anyone on a no-fly list from buying a gun; the other would close loopholes that allow individuals to purchase guns at gun shows or over the internet without background checks.
“Nobody, unless you’re in the military or law enforcement, needs to have what is called an assault weapon, but I call it a weapon of mass destruction. Its sole design is to kill as many individuals as possible,” Meeks said.
In the week following the sit-in, more than 400 people were shot across the country, 120 of whom died, according to Meeks. “Something has got to stop,” he said.
Referring to the local shooting, he said, “Any time anyone is shot, it disturbs the entire family. They don’t have any recourse.”
The press conference was held outside the headquarters of Life Camp, Inc., an organization that promotes peace as a lifestyle and provides positive alternatives to violence.
Its associate director, A.u. Hogan, said that the recent shooting broke a string of 539 days without a similar incident in the area, an on-going tally recorded in a sign that changes daily in Life Camp’s storefront window. With the count starting over, Hogan said, “It is crazy that we are celebrating how many days people are not shooting each other. America is fascinated with violence. Innocent children are being killed.”
Carolyn Dixon, a neighborhood resident, lost her own son.
“I do not want to see another family member experience what we as parents who have lost kids go through on a daily basis,” she said. “We, Congress and the community need to form together and let it be known you cannot take over our streets and kill our loved ones. It has to stop!”
State Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica) was among the elected officials calling for change.
“It’s very devastating to lose a young person,” she said. “Our children are not properly educated as to the fact of guns and any other weapons. We’re going to have to get back to basics. There’s a better life than being out here on the street being involved in a gang. We can no longer sit idly by.”
Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) agreed.
“This is a community violence issue. It affects whole communities. All are affected by this,” he said.
He blamed the on-going violence on “inaction by a certain political party in Congress that is controlled by the [National Rifle Association].”
State Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said the NRA is blocking legislation that 80 percent of the country agrees on.
“If you’re on the watch list, you should not be able to buy a firearm,” he said. “This is common sense legislation that the NRA should support, that anyone that cares about this country should support.”
He suggested that there are too many copy-cat murderers trying to gain notoriety through their actions.
“We should never say their names again,” he said. “It gives them a brand, an opportunity to be known.”
Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) applauded Meeks’ actions.
“Sometimes in order to stand up you have to sit down. Let there be at least a vote on common sense simple gun control legislation,” he said.
New York City has the toughest gun laws in the country, he said, but said laws are only as strong as the rest of the country. “Guns travel,” he said. “We still have a serious gun violence problem.”
Meeks, in turn, applauded Life Camp, saying, “It has kept families together who have been in the worst of times. It is the volunteers that make a difference in this community.”