You’ve probably been able to sing your ABCs since you were two years old. “Jingle Bells” has been one of your favorites since you were five. You learned “Billie Jean” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” in first grade.
How many young lives would you guess have been claimed in gang-related warfare in Los Angeles over the past four decades? 100? 200? 500? Try 15,000 and counting. What makes a poor kid pick up a gun and shoot another poor kid for something as seemingly meaningless as a pair of sneakers or for passing through his neighborhood?
Last night promised to be a nice, quiet night. Just you, a bag of something salty, and the remote control for the TV.
And then you heard a loud noise. Knowing it was no slamming door, sure it wasn’t a car accident, positive that it was gunshot, you called 9-1-1. Suddenly, your quiet evening wasn’t quiet any more.