As the battle for gun control surges on, it is days like this that remind us why changes in the law are necessary. A Mother’s Day shooting in New Orleans leaves at least 19 people injured, including two children as violence broke out in a 7th ward neighborhood on Frenchmen street, reported the Times Picayune on May 12.
The shooting took place around 2 p.m. central as friends and neighbors were lined up to watch a traditional Mother’s Day second-line parade. The city is well known for these type of parades and often congregate to take part in the festivities.
Thus far, there have been no deaths as a result of this shooting but as many as four victims have been admitted to surgery. NOPD superintendent Ronald Serpas stated that the victims included 10 men, 7 women and 2 10-year old children were struck by bullets as well as one victim who was injured in a fall while running away.
In New Orleans, gun violence is nothing new but this most recent mass shooting is bringing it again to the national level. Serpas stated that there were as many as 400 people in the area but the suspects have yet to be identified or apprehended. Better yet, there is no listed description of a shooter or shooters.
There are many issues that are causing the breakdown in which gun violence is thriving in this great American city. Gun control laws, the way informants are protected and sentencing laws in Louisiana all play key roles in the breakdown that is tearing the city of New Orleans apart with gun violence.
In a city such as New Orleans, there is an unwritten code and many citizens do not identify murderers and other criminals even if they see them committing the crime due to fear of retaliation. Referring back to the murder of a key witness’ brother in the Telly Hankton trial, retaliation is all to real and many feel that they will not be safe after giving information to the police.
Additionally, many of those taking part in the violent crime of the city are repeat offenders, often with rap sheets that reads like a resume of their life of crime. Changes to the way criminals are charged and prosecuted would make a great deal of difference if these offenders were held and not allowed to repeat their violent ways.
More stringent gun laws that include universal background checks may not keep the guns from the criminals. However, it may keep the guns from the whomever gives it to the criminals though. At this point, the issue of gun violence in cities such as New Orleans are so dire that changes must be made and gun laws just may be the place to start.