DuBos: Time to take ownership of violent crime problem

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Posted on May 14, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 7:55 AM

The Mother’s Day shootings hit home to a lot of people, including our own Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos. And that’s the topic of Clancy’s Commentary this week.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- Mother’s Day started out as another beautiful spring day in New Orleans. A day for families to gather — and for Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs to second-line. We all know what happened then.

Three young gunmen, apparently firing at random, shot at least 19 people. Some victims are still hospitalized, including Gambit correspondent Deborah “Big Red” Cotton.

Deb’s injuries hit home with a lot of folks, because she has dedicated herself to documenting and celebrating New Orleans’ second-line culture. She also lamented, and tried to do something about, the violence that sometimes preys upon second lines — through no fault of the marching clubs.

Deb and several others are still hospitalized, but I think the lesson that she would want us to take away from this tragedy is: Don’t make this just about one victim. Take care of all 19.

I think that’s the lesson that the mayor and ministers and many others have been asking us to get. We all have to care about all the victims, not just those we know. If we wait until violence “hits home,” we’ve waited too long.

For too long, New Orleans’ violent crime problem has been somebody else’s problem. It’s time for all of us to take ownership of it. Until we do, it’s never going to stop.

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