“…conduct town hall meetings, not on CNN, but rather with young thugs in homicide prone cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans…” — Rep. John Mica (R-FL) in a memo to President Obama posted in facebook
Surprise! Yet another House Republican has all sorts of advice for President Obama. This time, that member is Rep. John Mica of Florida. In these incidents it’s obvious that there’s a certain type of voter some elected officials are attempting to impress. In the case of Mica, whose district recently became more Hispanic, what’s below is even more fascinating.
As usual for many Republicans, the context of the gun debate conveniently skips over any issue that Rep. Mica might actually have a say in such as easy access to assault weapons, easy access to firearms in general and the plain fact that the National Rifle Association owns many members of Congress. And, as usual, the context of the debate around crime related issues is always framed within he context of black criminality.
Meanwhile in reality land: There are about 16,000 murders each year in the U.S. and the numbers over the last few years have been going down. In a nation of over 320 million, the odds of being murdered are somewhere in the neighborhood of the odds of being struck by lightening.
What’s below was posted by Mica’s office on facebook yesterday. For all of you on the right scratching your head wondering why most African American voters don’t vote for Republicans, here it is:
TO: President Barack Obama
FROM: Congressman John L. Mica
SUBJECT: Stemming Gun Violence
Most gun homicides are attributed to:
1) Mental health issues;
2) Illegal drugs;
3) Stolen weapons; and
4) Prior criminal records.
Please consider these initiatives:
1) Direct federal agencies to adopt policies that strengthen families and promote fatherhood;
2) Reform Health and Human Services’ community mental health services as recommended by psychiatrists and mental health professionals;
3) Stop encouraging drug legalization;
4) Enforce federal narcotic trafficking laws;
5) Direct the Department of Justice to enforce illegal weapons trafficking laws;
6) Expand successful reward programs that pay informants about those with illegal weapons;
7) Conduct town hall meetings, not on CNN, but rather with young thugs in homicide prone cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans;
8) Produce a public service spot directed at young males to put down their guns and pick up a book or learn a trade;
9) Produce a video, directed at young men, explaining the responsibilities of fatherhood and the proper respect for human life; and
10) Promote respect for authority and law enforcement.