Looney Leads The Charge (Dealing with GUNS in our Community)
“We need to shine a light on better mental health care for younger children,” Looney said.
Each of the three working groups—mental health, gun violence and school security—are working against a Feb. 15 deadline to recommend legislation to the overall task force they are part of. At that point, Looney will be key in ushering bills through the Senate as a whole.
Gangbanger Call-In 11"Local cops work with state and federal investigators and prosecutors, as well as local ministers and community leaders and criminal-justice academics, as part of the project. They’ve identified the two dozen or so neighborhood-based gangs or groups of troublemakers believed to be carrying out the bulk of tit-for-tat shootings in New Haven. Then they’ve ordered group leaders on parole or probation to attend the call-ins. There, the young men are presented with a choice: Stop shooting, and get help if you want. Or keep shooting, and we will lock up not just you, but all your boys on every offense we can pin on them. One bullet, everybody pays."
"It Takes A Village" and "Evil Thrive When People of Goodwill Turn A Blind Eye and Do nothing." This is another great use of the Aldermanic Chambers - Evidence of multiple use of tax-payer dollars. This is Civic Engagement. The community should not cede the streets or its housing projects to the gangs. It would be helpful to find out what parents, political and community leaders can do to deter young people from joining gangs. What is missing in their lives why they turn to violence? Thanks to the NHI for this article.