HOW TO stop gun violence:

I'm a snitch because I'm a father and a husband. I'm a snitch because there are people I care about in the community. I'm a snitch because I'll never forgive myself for knowing that I saw someone get shot or killed, and I did nothing to help police get the punks off the street. I'm a snitch because it is just the right thing to do.

It is not the police's fault people are dying. And, no, the answer is not hiring 1,000 more officers. It's not the white man killing us, it's people who look just like you and me. There are only three sure ways to stop gun violence because changing gun laws won't stop the slaughter:

1. We have to invest in a well-funded witness-protection program because people are willing to help but not willing to hold the bag.

2. Enforce the curfew and hold parents more accountable.

3. Most important: community involvement. Murder victims are 99 percent black committed by 99 percent black men and women in the community, but still we say nothing, even if it's one of our own relatives.

That means open your mouth and tell what's going on in your community to the police. Stop hiding, because sooner or later you or someone you love will be a victim of violence like I was when I lost my brother who was a murder victim.

LaMont W. Thomas

City Council Candidate

9th District