A Providence Council person has proposed a curfew be established in Providence as a way to curtail growing gun violence in the city.
I've spent twenty-two years in the city, all hours of the day and night. I don't see an escalation of gun related violence. Some years are more violent than others, that's about all. This year has been rough, the latest triple homicide, allegedly at the hands of two teenaged gunmen has the city leaders up in arms.
There is no good time to shoot somebody, people get shot in broad daylight in Providence, a curfew is an overreaction from Providence's leaders who are being pressured by public opinion to "do something." All that needs to be done is to lead our lives like responsible, productive members of society and demand the same from everybody else. The days of looking the other way and not getting involved are over. Its time to lead by example, act like a man, or woman,dress well, open doors, treat people with respect and demand the same from those who don't. Start today, stop tolerating people who spit in front of you, neglect to hold a door, cut in front of you in line, swear in public and litter. Yeah, I'm idealistic, but it's all I can do to stem the tide. Sounds crazy, but by making my little place in the world a respectful one perhaps it will spread, and before long anti-social behavior will be the exception rather than the rule.
So, if you see somebody acting creepy, or disrespectful, or like an idiot say something. "Quit acting like an idiot" usually works. Doesn't stop the idiot from acting like an idiot, but the people who witness the event appreciate it, and grow a little more bold, and perhaps next time it will be one of them calling out somebody who is acting like a jerk.
Before long, the jerks will be outnumbered.