The important step in creating a long-term solution for urban gun violence prevention is through promoting “Black Fatherhood.” Over the past 20 years, in all of the events, talk shows, radio interviews and my personal interactions with youth, the main theme has been that real violence prevention begins at home. The irony is that most victims and the majority of perpetrators of urban gun violence come from fatherless homes.
At the end of 2013, Black males still remain the highest group of victims and perpetrators of urban gun violence. Every major and minor urban city continues to struggle with developing long and short-term effective strategies for urban gun violence reduction/prevention.
2014 must bring a new era of though that in order to reduce and prevent urban and suburban gun violence we must purge our heart, minds and homes of behaviors that lead to all types of violence. We could think of it as “Violence Free Families” lead to “Violence Free Communities” that lead to “Violence Free Cities.”
Restoring positive and engaging fathers, Black Fathers, into the fatherless homes of their young Black males with a vision of creating young ambassadors of change will significantly turn slow down this national health crisis. The leading cause of urban gun violence is interpersonal conflict which is the result of a lack of communications skills. Such effective coping skills are best learn and taught in homes where fathers are truly committed to parenting their child. This parenting style is most effective when fathers first and continually remind themselves that “In order to be a better father, We all must first focus on being a better man.”