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Where Do We Start?

Local Alderman candidate lends his views on what our community can do to prevent future violence from our children.

Aaron Perry is a candidate for Alderman in District 12 of Waukesha, WI. Aaron is a father of two very young boys and has been married to his wife Angela for over five years.

The tragic shootings that happened this year have shocked us all.  The most recent shootings in Connecticut left us speechless and searching for answers.  Even though my two boys are too young for school, I can't help but wonder what it would have been like to send them to school on Monday after the tragic events last Friday in Connecticut. 

As a candidate for Alderman and most of all as a father, I feel compelled to share thoughts regarding where we start on a solution.  I have visited dozens of homes District 12 in my young campaign for Alderman.  Because of the recent tragedy I am asked about my views on gun control.  That's a natural question to ask and I understand the engagement and urgency that our residents have on the issue for our children's safety.  But when we focus solely on guns, we miss an opportunity to get to the very heart of the matter.

I see worry on the faces of parents in the community and I see the urgency in which we all want this issue to go away.  But we must start from the ground up and not jump to knee-jerk legislation.I propose that we form a committee involving city government to help build a better community for our children.  This group would be similar to committees formed to improve business districts.  It would be made up of our community leaders, school leaders, and parents.  The committee's purpose would be to listen to the concerns of parents and address issues facing our children in the matters of violence.  We spend a great deal of time and effort improving the business climate in Waukesha.  Building business is important, but children are our biggest investment.  They are our number one priority.

Before we dive into the issue of guns or blaming violent video games for a too-common tragedy, let's focus on what we can do to build a better community for our children.  That is what I am compelled to do and it is what I feel I should share as a father in our community and as a candidate for Alderman in District 12.

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Carolo December 22, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Games do not kill people. Movies do not kill people. Guns kill people!!!!!! An armed guard standing in front of a school can not stop an assault weapon. And neither can an armed teacher. Columbine, Red Lake Indian Reservation and Virginia Tech have proven that does not work as they all had armed guards..
Conspiracy T December 23, 2012 at 03:53 PM
In addition to locking down all doors prior to a shooter entering, IF a shooter enters how about a evacuation plan for students to get out of the killing zone vs being locked in their rooms like sheep waiting for slaughter?
Aaron Perry December 23, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I believe having a group of residents, local government, teachers, and law enforcement with productive ideas to be proactive is what is needed. Let's not wait for something bad to happen to act.
B. Guenther December 27, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Aaron, Great thoughts on having a group. The problem? Groups tend to sit around and talk about things instead of actually taking any type of action to improve the situation. But, I guess people will "feel" better if they know someone is discussing the problem. The two things I have lived my life by are "Action, in the hands of a group with no real power becomes inaction" and "Perception, in the absence of facts, becomes reality". My perception of a group of "feel good" people is that they will try to make everyone happy instead of doing what is necessary to solve the problem.
Aaron Perry December 27, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Thanks for your feedback Ruble. I agree with you on acting. The first action we must take is listening. There hasn't been near enough of that from residents as well as students. I'm not interested in a feel good group but one that will listen to people and take common sense action to improve the situation. The only way we'll all feel better is if changes are made that provide results in safety. We have to start somewhere, this is where I believe we do it.

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