…not the fault of the thugs who wield them.
Why doesn’t Leonard Pitts talk about the fact that Jonylah Watkins’ father was the actual target of her killer? Maybe if he hadn’t been tangled up with shady people she’d still be alive. And as for Antonio West’s killer, well, there’s really not much you can say about a 17-year-old who would shoot a baby between the eyes because his mother didn’t have any money. But it’s worth asking where that kid came from and what kind of influences he was under that would cause him to do something like that. Latest news is it might be — wait for it! — gang-related.
Now, many times Pitts has bemoaned the environment which breeds this sort of thing. He deserves credit for that. But maybe he should keep talking about that, because as long as that environment persists, nothing’s going to change.