How effective would public service "messages" on TV by high profile figures agai

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  1. Marsei profile image92
    Marseiposted 3 years ago

    How effective would public service "messages" on TV by high profile figures against gun violence be?

    Grieving Will Smith's death.  Looking for solutions for New Orleans.

  2. Tusitala Tom profile image65
    Tusitala Tomposted 3 years ago

    It would need to be an ongoing concerted effort by such people.  Also, a lot of money to back this project would be needed to counter the huge amounts of money which would be put up in opposition by the gun lobbies.

    The people who now benefit from the way things are would put up a tremendous fight be preserve the status quo.  There would be false stories and all types of shannanigans.   In America The Constitution would probably need to be amended so 'the right to bear arms' would be deleted.

    It is said, "Where there's a will there's as way."  The will would need to come from a lot of people, or a few willing to go out to the many - and for a long time - until the 'critical mass' or 'tipping point' is reached and it becomes truly onerous and generally regarded as despicable to support guns and armaments in general.

    1. Marsei profile image92
      Marseiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your answer.   Lots of food for thought.   Your verbiage was interesting also:  "Where there's a will, there's a way" is the name of  the late Will Smith's charity.

  3. bradmasterOCcal profile image43
    bradmasterOCcalposted 3 years ago

    On Friday (April 15) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Will Smith is not dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He's still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.

    1. Marsei profile image92
      Marseiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I'm speaking of Will Smith, former New Orleans Saint.

    2. bradmasterOCcal profile image43
      bradmasterOCcalposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      delete this , I could care less about it .

  4. lions44 profile image98
    lions44posted 3 years ago

    It would have zero effect. There are lots of ads already against all kinds of violence, particularly in places like Chicago and Detroit.  The problem is too complicated for public service announcements. A culture of violence has taken hold and I don't know how we stop it short of martial law in a lot of neighborhoods.  An expanded ATF maybe?  Aggressive enforcement of existing gun laws might help, but with so many guns on the street, the cat's out of the bag. 
    The Will Smith story is sad. But not unexpected. A rich guy with a gun was hit by a jerk with a gun. Someone dies. Story at 11. Can't anyone just exchange registration and insurance?  Granted, if neither had a weapon, they are both alive tonight.
    25 years ago if there was a traffic accident, how many people drew guns. We'll never be certain, but road rage and shootings post accident were still unusual in most places.  It's more than just too many guns. 

    A callousness about life in general is now pervasive.  Suicides are near record levels in both the U.S. (and Britian).  Showing the victims dead bodies might help. I know it sounds terrible. But having highschoolers visit a morgue before graduating could scare people straight. "This is where you end up, like a piece of meat. Stop shooting each other."  Desperate move?  Yes.  Could save one life.

    1. Marsei profile image92
      Marseiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your comments.  I love New Orleans, but find myself getting an anxious feeling when we go in to the city .  Maybe the morgue is a good idea.  Years ago, we were shown pictures of wrecks and dead folks to keep us from driving drunk.

  5. tamarawilhite profile image90
    tamarawilhiteposted 3 years ago

    Public service messages by celebrities won't offset the rappers glorified for talking about selling drugs, killing rivals and cops and having ho's.
    The best long term solution is rebuilding the black family, because children raised outside of wedlock have 2-3 times greater odds of:
    * drug addiction
    * mental illness
    * being held back in school
    * joining a gang
    * dropping out of school
    * going to jail

    When blacks have an 80% illegitimacy rate, versus whites' 30%, you'll get 2-3 times as many kids with bad outcomes. That's not racism but a social deterioration. And you won't get the violence down until you get responsible fathers keeping their teenaged boys in check, instead of acting like the violent thugs glorified by their subculture.

    1. Marsei profile image92
      Marseiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your answer.  Some good points made.


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