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Gun Violence in America -- Is Anybody Listening?

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Thomas Jefferson is reported to have said "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just."

The television media and radio talk shows devote a considerable amount of their broadcast time to commenting on and debating statements and attack ads by President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Who's up, who's down in key battleground states?

Is Mitt Romney going to release his tax returns for the years he was at Bain Capital; if so, when? If, not why not?

With or without the release of Romney's tax returns, unemployment remains at 8.2% -- and 14.4% in the African American community; housing foreclosures continue, and gun violence and murder in the African American community, at an all-time high, continues unabated.

What will be different on "day one" in the White House, whether President Obama is re-elected or Mitt Romney becomes our 45th president? Will there be any likelihood that presidential leadership will be exercised to address this issue?

Current Republican congressional leadership is committed to ensuring that President Obama is an only "a one-term president" by refusing to agree to support any proposal by him that could stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment. Therefore, it is unlikely that there will be any significant "uptick" in the reduction of monthly unemployment prior to this November's election.

Every day multimillion dollar numbers are cited to indicate the number of various negative TV ads that both Romney and Obama are running against one another in different parts of the country.

Under circumstances of an out-of-wedlock birthrate of up to 72% in the African American community and continued escalation of gun violence in in Chicago, Oakland, NYC, and other African American communities nation wide, the "ad wars" of Obama and Romney are reminiscent of deck chairs being re-arranged on the Titanic moments before it hit an iceberg.

Are there still political Neanderthals among the Tea Party or in the Republican Congress who really disbelieve that Obama was born in Hawaii and thus not eligible to serve as president? Or, that while a "citizen" he is also secretly a Muslim enabling Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to "protect" one of her high assistants who is a "secret agent" for the Muslim Brotherhood? I am not making this stuff up.

Yes, I, too, tremble for my country when, like Thomas Jefferson, "I reflect that God is just."

Will the release of Mitt Romney's tax returns make any meaningful difference in the lives of families and children living in "the domestic war zone" of gun violence and black-on-black crime in several African American communities throughout the United States?

Day one in the White House, whether Obama or Romney, will there be any material difference in the 24/7 lives of those residents and their children?

History may judge the presidential election of 2012 harshly. Are Obama and Romney, and more specifically, national and regional leaders, morally and politically fiddling while their communities -- like the great fire in Rome during AD 65 -- are "burning"? Will they ultimately be judged by and their inattention, inaction, or failure to implement domestic programs to put the fires out?

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are Christians. During this presidential election they and their respective supporters and surrogates should pause and reflect on the biblical injunction in Matthew 16:26: What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul?

Is any anybody listening? Does anybody care?

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