Here's an important look at rhetorical diversity and differing approaches to curbing gun violence in Kansas City this afternoon.
By now, we're all familiar with the fact that Kansas City sports columnist Jason Whitlock recently exclaimed that "The NRA Is The New KKK"
Anti-gun talk following the tragedy was bold but maybe not that constructive in creating real change.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY ANTI-CRIME ACTIVIST ALONZO WASHINGTON HAS RECENTLY JOINED THE NRA AND TOUTS HIS VISION AND WORK FOR RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERSHIP IN THE URBAN CORE!!!
As usual, Mr. Washington's straight forward approach to a complex issue reveals his dedication to the constant fight to curb violence on local streets.
Check the presser . . .
Anti-Crime Activist joins the NRA to encourage gun related manufactures and organizations to support gun violence prevention efforts in the Kansas City area and beyond.
Kansas City's most outspoken activist against crime & gun violence is now a member of the NRA. Alonzo Washington has been battling the social ills of gun violence for over 4 decades in the greater Kansas City area. He has constantly obtained tips that have been successful in helping law enforcement agencies all over the metro solve a number of high profile and low profile murder cases.
The recent murder suicide case regarding Kansas City Chiefs football player Javon Belcher has put the issues of gun control and violence in the national spotlight. In response to this one noted sports columnist compared the NRA to the Klu Klux Klan. Most people view the gun issue as a black or white issue. One group of people want them banned and another group of people want them open for public consumption. Alonzo Washington believes that the answer to this plight is somewhere between these two perspectives.
For four years Alonzo Washington has operated a special youth program called 3-Gun For Peace. This program is designed to introduce at risk youth to the shooting sports and turn them away from crime and violence. The slogan for the program is "Shoot targets and not each other". The program introduces young people to the legal ways to participate in the shooting sports and how to avoid the world of illegal guns & crime. The course focuses on gun safety, conflict resolution and critical thinking skills. Students in the program take field trips to various shooting ranges and homicides scenes. The number one question in all of the sites visits to crime scenes is how could the murder at that scene could have been prevented? Students are expected to come up with ways that the murder could have been avoided.
To date the program has received sponsorships from the Kansas Rifle Association, Glock, Cabelas, Crimson Trace, Crossbreed Holsters and others. Alonzo Washington has joined the National Rifle Association in order to get more firearms companies and organizations to support efforts to fight and prevent gun violence. Mr. Washington believes that companies that produce guns and make enormous profits from them should be on the front lines of helping society find solutions to the spate of gun violence that oppresses communities all over America. Next year Alonzo Washington plans to take a group of urban youth to the NRA Convention in Texas to further his goals with this effort and special class.