The shootings of two children are the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
NEW ORLEANS -- Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King awakened our nation’s conscience with his “I Have A Dream” speech.
Until this weekend, 11-year-old Arabian Gayles had dreams of her own. She probably dreamed of growing up happy in New Orleans, playing with friends, going to her high school prom, graduating from college.
Whatever her dreams, they ended when someone fired shots through her family’s living room window early Monday morning. One bullet struck Arabian in the head. She died at the hospital, along with her dreams.
Arabian was the second child killed by gunfire in less than a week in New Orleans. One-year-old Londyn Samuels was shot to death while playing with her babysitter on Washington Avenue last Thursday. One year old — not even old enough to talk about her dreams.
Statistically, the murder rate is down in New Orleans this year. But the killing of two innocent children belies any “statistical” improvement in the violent crime rate.
For the families of Londyn and Arabian, and for all of us, ending the violence remains just a dream.
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