Mass Shooting in California Reignits Gun Control

On December 3rd 2015, a shooting occurred at a party in San Bernardino at the Inland Regional Center around 11 a.m., what started out as a peaceful Wednesday afternoon turned bloody and hellish, resulting in the death of insentient people, and for family’s and friends to have their loved ones taken away.

Fourteen people had their lives taken that day and twenty one where wounded. Most of these people happen to be county employees, working at Regional Center. Could all this have been avoided if gun control were more strict? 

This latest mass shooting in California was not the only one America has faced as of recently. Mass shootings are digging themselves in the state of  being a conman component of american civilian life and culture. how sad that must be, its the truth and the truth hurts.

the shooting in California was the most resent  mass shooting and has reignited the debate over gun control. The New York Times even posted about this topic on their front page, putting them self’s in on the discussion. The issue of even a topic involving guns has not made the front cover of the New York Times in Nearly 100 years.

The New York Times Cover just shows the amount of talk and, question all of these shooting are stirring up. many american be;live that its there right as an american to own any kind of weapon, and that it makes them safer. but many arguer the exact oposit.

Gun owner ship has gone down over the years but, it is still a fact that over a third of the house holds in american own guns. as stated in the, Washington post, If guns are available, it is more likely that a violent dispute will become a deadly one, and that a criminal with the intent to kill can find the means to do so.

The argument continues to blaze tall, with no end in sight of going out. will american keep their guns or, will they give up the weapons?

 

“Little Melvin” Williams Dies

Melvin Douglas Williams died of cancer at the age of 73 on December 3rd, 2015, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in his beloved city of Baltimore. He was born in 1941 in Baltimore, the city where he became famous and died. “Little Melvin” trafficked heroin in the 1970s and 80s and eventually acted on the HBO show The Wire. 

In the 1960s, Williams was notorious in West Baltimore for his gambling. He became even more famous after helping to stop rioting in the city after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in 1968. At that point, Williams had a storied criminal record and trafficked heroin and cocaine.

Williams stated that he made at least a couple hundred million dollars just through trafficking heroin in Baltimore City. He was arrested for trafficking cocaine in 1984 and convicted and sentenced to 34 years in prison the following year. Williams was released on parole in 1996. All of these facts were stated in The Baltimore Sun when Williams was featured.

While he was still in prison, “Little Melvin’s” life story was told throughout five articles by David Simon, the creator of The Wire, in the Baltimore Sun in 1987. He later appeared on The Wire during its third and fourth seasons, and he was profiled on the BET show American Gangster as well. It is said that he inspired the main character of Avon Barksdale in The Wire.

Former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said that Williams, “became the symbol of crime problems in the city, whether he wanted to or not. In his later years, he tried to improve himself and help the community.” Later in his life, Williams condemned drug use and gang culture.

Williams underwent a personal redemption after turning to religion in prison. In a YouTube video he posted in 2o12, he said he used to run an operation that grossed a million dollars a day and he had sold a billion dollars worth of drugs in his life before speaking out against drug use and trafficking.

Melvin Williams was the physical embodiment of the city of Baltimore. On the outside, he looked rough around the edges and troubled, but there was much more to the real “Little Melvin” than it seemed. He was a man of surprising depth who contributed much more to Baltimore than he took away during his earlier years. He is undoubtedly a legendary figure in his home city.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.