Containing the Un-Containable??
The local blogs have been itching to make Crime THE issue for the upcoming City Hall elections. And two shootings and a small riot at the Mall are playing into the hands that want to cast the outcome of the next election.
I tend to agree that a prevalent thought in the community was these issues aren’t important as long as they stay in a certain part of town. But we have seen home break-ins, vandalism and assaults spread from Blue Grass to Bettendorf. And the Iowa Quad-Cities isn’t alone. Cedar Rapids and Des Moines are struggling with the crime as well.
A friend of mine asks a good question, that I will put out here for your consideration. Are the solutions to crime achievable by any City Council? Or, is the reality of crime directly related to the economic and social realities of the day?
For what it’s worth, I believe a city council has some opportunities to effectuate change; but not to the degree that most seek. In reality, a large part of crime is a direct result of drugs (hard drugs or alcohol). Limiting the number of liquor licenses and adding more enforcement to the drug trade will move some of this stuff away from Davenport.
But real change needs to come from with-in the culture. Parents responsible for the kids. Marriage that means commitment! Faith that brings community activism. And judicial sentencing that requires prison for those that break the law.
Until then, we tend to try containing the uncontainable.