New Visions Commentary

The National Leadership Network of Conservative African-Americans


Marching Moms Laws Won't Protect My House

By Richard Fair

A New Visions Commentary paper published May 2000 by The National Center
for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail, Web Reprints permitted provided source
is credited.

I'm sitting here, chillin' on the couch. I'm not paying much attention to the news on TV, but the Million Mom March is getting all the pub today.

I'm listening to what they have to say, and I wish the world could be like that. I wish the world was a perfect place; no gang violence, no innocent children dying, no need for guns. Million Mom Marchers wants stricter gun regulations. They believe it is going to stop children from getting killed in gun-related incidences.

The more I think about all those issues, the more it makes me think about my homegirl, Tameka. Tameka was my best friend's little sister. She was just like my little sister too. The three of us used to kick it all the time when we were growing up.

I remember receiving a phone call from my grandmother at work one day. She told me that Tameka was shot in the face and killed by her boyfriend because of a dumb argument they had. No matter how many more rules and new laws are introduced, they will never be able to bring my homegirl back.

Statistics say that actual accidents involving youths and guns are at the lowest level, whereas youth dead numbers are up due to gang violence. Are tighter laws really going to decrease those numbers? Those new laws are not going to affect gang members and cut down the violent crimes. People who are using guns to protect their homes and families will be affected the most.

One of the changes being proposed is mandatory use of gun locks. I lose my car keys all the time - at least once every day, and I use them all the time. What if my gun had a lock on it and somebody was breaking into my house? What if I misplaced my gun key? I would have no way to protect my babies because my gun would be useless. What the hell am I supposed to do then? Throw the gun at the robbers? Go look for the keys? What?!

I understand where the mothers participating in the Million Mom March are coming from. They are all trying to protect their loved ones, just like I thought I could have protected Tameka.

I wish there were easy ways to cut down the increasing numbers of gun-related deaths among the shorties. I feel that further gun control just ain't the way to go.


(Richard "6 Foot 5 and Pretty" Fair is a brotha from Washington, DC. He can be reached at

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