by Max Brantley
Whereas, Pulaski County and its incorporated cities have witnessed an alarming rise in violent crimes, gang activity and shootings; and
Whereas, concerts and performers who promote or incite violence through their music or messaging negatively impacts our county; and
Whereas, the glorification of violent acts and promotion of criminal activity adversely effects our youth; and
Whereas, the mass shooting that occurred on July 1, 2017 at a Little Rock nightclub is a horrifying display of violence.
“In light of the recent mass shooting at Power Ultra Lounge and the considerable spike in violent crimes we have witnessed, I felt it was important to send a message that concerts and performers who promote or incite violence through their music or messaging is unacceptable. I understand that we can’t compel cities to enforce the moratorium, however something has to change. My hope is that this resolution will send a strong message to our municipal leaders and encourage them to enact tougher laws towards performers who incite violence through their messaging.”I think criminal law related to "messaging" is difficult territory, too.
However, we can't arrest our way out of the challenge. I want you to know that these efforts and our other efforts in the law enforcement arena are not going to alleviate the root causes of crime which are embedded in the issues of poverty, lack of education, lack of employable job skills, lack of a job and lack of adult role models to mentor our children— issues that every urban city in America is facing. As a city we have been working hard in all these areas. However, oftentimes all this hard work gets lost in the frantic moments of a tragedy.Correct, though not nearly as effective in stirring voters as head-knocking cops and bonfires for rap music.