Conservatives and 'carnage'

Rep. Andy Harris recently suggested that, rather than focusing on crisis pregnancy centers, "maybe the time, money, and attention of the mayor and city solicitor would be much better spent dealing with the increasing carnage on the streets of Baltimore" ("City should stop attacking pregnancy centers," July 28). Lately, this seems to be a common refrain for conservatives: They need to stop complaining about ____ (insert any injustice in this space) and worry about all of the violence in their community.

Do you want to ensure that justice is handed out equally in court, regardless of race? Stop complaining about it and fix your murder rate. Would you like for women to receive all of the facts about an organization that they are turning to for help? Don't worry about it until your murder rate has dropped a little. This argument fails to acknowledge the fact that the murder rate doesn't occur in a vacuum and that all aspects of society influence whether or not its citizens make the choice to become productive members or thugs. I'd like for my city, state and federal legislators to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time and to recognize that everything we do to make our society better helps to reduce the likelihood that we'll want to go out and kill each other at some point in time.

Perhaps Congressman Harris should stop complaining about the "increasing carnage on the streets of Baltimore" until he's willing to actually do something about it. Rather than continually voting against any sensible gun control measures, perhaps he should support them instead. After all the people who are dying on the streets of Baltimore everyday aren't being run over by cars, they aren't being choked to death, they're being shot.

Brigitte Jacobson, Baltimore

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