What will solve is­sue

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I have been lis­ten­ing to and read­ing the me­dia since the mass shoot­ing in Lit­tle Rock.

The gover­nor has ap­pointed a joint task force aimed at stem­ming vi­o­lent crimes in Lit­tle Rock. I be­lieve the task force has two chances at be­ing suc­cess­ful—slim and none. Un­less a vast ma­jor­ity of cit­i­zens vol­un­tar­ily obey the law, there is no way a gov­ern­ment can en­act and en­force enough laws to con­trol the cit­i­zens.

There are four things that con­trol the life of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual who has ever lived: pol­i­tics, eco­nom­ics, re­li­gion and fam­ily. If you doubt this truth go live in Syria for five years and tell me it is not true.

If mil­len­ni­als will fin­ish high school, get a full-time job, get mar­ried and then have chil­dren, in that or­der, they have only a 3 per­cent chance of liv­ing in poverty. How­ever, if they have chil­dren be­fore mar­riage, they have a 54 per­cent chance of liv­ing in poverty.

Any so­ci­ol­o­gist will tell you there is a pos­i­tive cor­re­la­tion be­tween ed­u­ca­tion, fam­ily, poverty and crime. How many in­mates in the Arkansas prison sys­tem have come from a sin­gle­par­ent house­hold? How many mi­nor­ity mem­bers did the gover­nor put on the joint task force?

GER­ALD GRIF­FIN

Ben­ton

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