Wake Up and Face the Music, Chicago

August 11, 2014 4:44 PM

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Wake Up and Face the Music, Chicago

In the wake of the Fourth of July holiday weekend in Chicago, where 82 people were shot in an 84-hour window, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday that Forty Illinois State Police troopers will work with the Chicago Police Department's fugitive unit to apprehend wanted criminals. That's all well and good. Get the fugitives off the street and Chicago will be a little bit safer. Maybe slip down a couple of notches from its "Murder Capital" title bestowed upon it in 2012. But what about future fugitives? The future criminals of America. Kids who are wandering the streets without purpose, turning to lives of crime because they have no other options. What can we do as a society, if anything, to save them?

Chicago native Franklin Vanderbilt, who has spent the past seven years touring as a drummer with Lenny Kravitz, has a suggestion: Start intervention a lot sooner in life. Swap a gun with a guitar or a set of drum sticks and you never know what kind of an influence you can make in a child's life.

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