Too Many Kids With Guns

The recent rash of shootings has many of us wondering when it will all end.

Most of those shootings involve people who know each other.

One North Omaha businessman says he's seen too many guns in the hands of young people.

B J Summers sees a lot of activity through the front window of Chi Town Chicken at 24th and Lake.

"A lot of these 90s babies are running around out here with pistols on them," he said. "I just seen a guy going down the street with a pistol in his hand."

Summers has worked at Chi Town Chicken for three years.

The recent string of shootings nearby has him deeply concerned.

"I'm paranoid coming to work because so much stuff is happening in the neighborhood that I don't want to be an innocent bystander," he said. "I've got kids I want to go home to. I've got kids that are actually looking for me to come home."

A fatal shooting last week at 25th and Maple had far reaching effects.

"Stuff like that happens people don't want to come down here they already know something already happened down here, they don't want to be involved in it, they don't want to be an innocent bystander," Summers said. "It more or less shut the whole area down."

Summers said a lot of the kids involved come from single parent homes.

A single parent himself, Summers believes adults need to get involved early in the lives of kids.

"Get out here and talk to the kids," he said. "If you can talk to the kids and tell them what's going on and tell them what's wrong and right maybe they'll listen. Some of them are just following the lead of their friends. They're just being navigated down the wrong road by the wrong person.

"Once they get older they'll start to realize that all that stuff that i was doing when i was a kid, it didn't get me nowhere. if it got me anywhere it got me locked up or got me in a lot of trouble.
a lot of them might end up dead."

Summers said something has to change, before its too late.

"If it keeps going the way its going now," he said. "It don't have any choice but to get worse."

Summers says he'd like to see police officers walking a beat on North 24th Street.

Summers said since that's where most of the shootings have occurred, a stronger police presence may make some people think twice before using a gun.


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