The Fourth of July weekend saw yet another flare up of gun violence. Senseless killings occurred in Chicago, where at least 72 people were shot, and in Atlanta, where over a dozen people were shot. Around 15 people died including a seven-year-old in Chicago and an eight-year-old in Atlanta.
The violence over the weekend is another tragic addition to America’s gun violence epidemic. Activists and politicians have spent years trying to resolve the issue. Solutions typically include stricter gun control, but another common solution includes increased social services and violence-prevention programs. Gun violence results from a multitude of conditions, and an interconnected approach is best to end the carnage.
Stanislaus County, California, is seeking requests for proposals for a job training program for youths with employment barriers. Work will be done with people ages 17-24 and includes preparing for post-secondary education and skills training credentials. Investment in job opportunities and education keep people off the streets and make them less likely to engage in gun violence. Bids for this opportunity are due July 14.
Cameron County in Texas is looking for entities to provide educational services to delinquent youth. The Juvenile Board is in charge of educating students who have been expelled from their regular schools. The offeror must provide a curriculum for relevant subjects that they can teach. The effort is meant to continue the children’s education and discourage future delinquent activity. Bids for this opportunity are due July 14.
Gun violence has a long history in the United States and so does debate surrounding the issue. This time, however, the violence comes at a time of increased racial tensions, a global pandemic, and calls for drastic police reform. Gun violence and police brutality are issues that intersect and increased funding to social services could have the power to solve both issues.
About the Author
Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.