A Simple But Unlikely Solution

Let me start by expressing my condolences to the families of the individuals killed by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota this past week as well as the families of the police officers who were ruthlessly attacked in Texas and other areas. No one deserves this.

With these recent incidents, our nation, the United States of America, continues to descend into a nation of chaos. As I have watched the various news stories on the incidents over the past week, read different articles and other reports, my mind cannot stop thinking about this. I am tired of hearing about such incidents. This is not who we are. This not what the founders of this nation intended us to be. This is not a “United” state of America. We have to end this. We have to end these unnecessary and ruthless killings. It is not that difficult to do. There is a simple solution. What is disappointing is that as I listen to and read the responses to these incidents from various political leaders, leaders of community organizations, and even general citizens of this country, very few of them mention this solution. What is the solution?

OBEY THE LAW!

Please note that I am in no way trying to imply that Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the men killed by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota, were violating the law when these incidents occurred. Also, I am not trying state that the police officers who killed these men were negligent in their actions. I am not going to judge any of these men. That is not the point I am trying to make.  

Now, undoubtedly, some of you are thinking that solving the problem by obeying the law is easier said than done. No it isn’t! You either obey or you disobey. It is a simple choice and if everyone chose to obey the law, we would:

  • Need little to no police officers, and no police officers = no killings by police or of police,
  • Not need jails or prisons, and
  • Be able to reduce the size of our court system.

Also, if everyone chose to obey the law it would save us, the tax payers, a lot of money or would allow those taxes to be used for better purposes. In the end, it would be a huge benefit to the inhabitants of this country.

Some of you may think I’m crazy, that I need to get my head out of the clouds. No, I’m not crazy. My head is not in the clouds. It is where it needs to be. I know that although I believe this is a simple solution, it is an unlikely solution. It will not eliminate the problem. No matter how hard we try to encourage people to obey the law there will always be those who will disobey. However, this is not the attitude we should be taking. We should at least try. This reminds me of a huge campaign that was started as I was growing up in the 1980’s. It was the “Just Say No” campaign, an initiative to discourage children and others from illegal drug use. I don’t have the data to show the impact this program had on illegal drug use, but it seems like I remember reading that there was a significant reduction in drug use from the time this program was rolled out into the early 1990’s. If so, this was not a complex program. It was a simple approach to try and reduce a problem plaguing our country. It was a program designed to inform people about the consequences of drug abuse and encourage them not to do it.

We the people of this nation need to take a similar approach. We need to begin by choosing to obey the law ourselves. We need to teach our kids the importance of obedience and the benefits that come from it. We need to encourage others to obey the law. The leaders of this nation, regardless of political affiliation, need to stand united and encourage the people of this country to obey the law.

In the end, I strongly believe that obedience to the law is a key component in reducing, if not eliminating, the unnecessary killings of American citizens.

 

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