Tuesday, May 23, 2023

R2 should ditch BeSmart

A representative of BeSmart got in the last word at last night's too-long Stay Safe meeting. 

BeSmart led off the program with its boiler-plate information and a less-than-forceful presentation. At the end, after Angela Nash ended the meeting, a rep ran to the front to thank Richland Two for "what they do as a partner with BeSmart". She thanked Richland 2 for "getting information out about BeSmart to the media", etc. 

She got it backwards. It is BeSmart that partnered with Richland 2. It's a tiny cog in the big wheel that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was supposed to be. Richland 2 should drop out of that MOU.

Has BeSmart been effective in helping reduce gun and other violence in Richland 2? Who really knows, since the public is not informed of results.

I'm not a fan of BeSmart, because of its close alignment with Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety and MOMs Demand Action.

Guns are not the problem. Mis-use of guns IS the problem.

What's the difference between 70 years ago and now? 

Then kids had guns and didn't shoot each other.

Now? Kids steal guns and shoot others to resolve disagreements and settle scores. 

That is the problem! What's BeSmart doing about that? Gun locks will not solve that problem.

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