Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don't Make Excuses for Gun Violence

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don't Make Excuses for Gun Violence

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Regarding "Homewood Minister Offers a Recipe to End Gun Violence" (June 20): The Rev. Rodney Lyde's recipe was given in a sermon he gave to his congregation at Baptist Temple Church. His sermon was probably very sincere. However, he was "preaching to the choir."

The sermon needed to be on a loudspeaker in all the neighborhoods where gun violence occurs repeatedly. The people who are creating gun violence are not in church. If they were, they'd be less likely to be out shooting their friends and family members.

Rev. Lyde said that an education and a decent job can help get a young man off the street. Every young man in the city of Pittsburgh is offered 12 years of free education. How many of them refuse to take advantage of that free education? …

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