KMBC Editorial, General Manager and President, Justin Antoniotti shared these thoughts on February 23, 2024:


Kansas City, we have a problem. Our city has become a place where simple disagreements lead to gunfire and deaths.
The Jackson County Prosecutor says a simple dispute at the Chiefs rally led to multiple guns being drawn and gunfire that killed a woman and wounded more than 20 others, including children.
While we all want to believe this is an isolated case, we know it is not.
Last year in Kansas City, there were 182 homicides, making it the deadliest year ever recorded.
An argument led to a person’s death in at least one-third of those killings, with firearms involved in almost all.
We believe only a community-wide approach will stop this culture of gun violence.
We need to find a way to teach non-violent resolutions to simple disputes.
We need to instill a sense of safety, hope, and opportunity in all neighborhoods so no one feels like they need to carry a gun to be safe.
We believe turning the parade day shooting into a catalyst for positive change should be We need to find a way to teach non-violent resolutions to simple disputes.

I reached out to KMBC General Manager and President Justin Antoniotti and he could not do an interview, he is not a crime expert. However, he welcomed me to publish an article based on the KMBC editorial article.

BC Cascade Media Columnist Questions: Most of us do know the KC Chief celebration was not an isolated incident. How could we as a community come together to show these outbreaks of violence affect us all? We have a 501(3)c on every corner. Most of the organizations are doing a great job. At the same time, Violence against Women and Children has increased. I was saddened and in tears by the gun violence that took place at the Chief celebration. My saddened state also turned into anger after reading hated racist comments and Seeing a video by Jesseprimetime. Can we come together as a community? Yes, we can! Martin Luther King Jr left us with these words: “If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving.” We as a community must keep moving. You might not save everyone on your journey. However, you can save someone. Just keep moving.
KMBC Editorial: We need to find a way to teach non-violent resolutions to simple disputes
Cascade Media: Kansas City does have organizations and Community Advocates that do Conflict Resolution, Anger management, and Prevention programs. Some of us know and Understand different opinions can lead to conflict. My question is, what does teaching a simple dispute look like? The dictionary explanation: Dispute resolution is the process of setting disagreements between parties. There are three basic types of dispute resolutions; mediation, arbitration, and litigation. We will look at mediation regarding a simple dispute. Mediation is where a third party helps the disputing parties reach a solution own their own. When I look at a simple dispute I smile. A simple dispute is easy to resolve sometimes. However, I have seen and read about a simple dispute turning into violence. This is what KMBC is saying. How can we teach non-violent resolutions before they escalate into violent ones? I believe some organizations are addressing these resolutions. Is there approach working? You have to ask someone who has participated in some of the programs they were ordered by the court to attend or voluntarily enter into the program. My thoughts, some of our young people are falling through the cracks. It is up to the parent, neighbor, friend, or teacher to personally put your handprint into their lives especially if they trust you. You are they mediator…. I salute you!
KMBC Editorial: We believe only a community-wide approach will stop this culture of gun violence. We need to instill a sense of safety, hope, and opportunity in all neighborhoods so no one feels like they need to carry a gun to be safe.
BC Columnist Cascade Media Group: In 2023 of May, KCPD Chief Graves collaborated with anti-violence groups and area law enforcement in a city-wide initiative. In June 2023 radio station KPRS in partnership with Ad Hoc Group Against Crime did a 12-hour broadcast, “A Call to Action,” I believe in August 2023, Mayor Lucas and The City Council approved an ordinance banning firearms, such as machine guns, and accessories like silencers.
When we look at all these great collaborations and ordinances. Do we need to go back to the table and Develop a new strategy for our community? And Is There an inclusion when it comes to organization and neighborhood? Maybe? If so, it is with limited inclusion and Sometimes with a hidden agenda The KMBC editorial comments, “We need to instill a sense of safety, hope. And opportunity in ALL neighborhoods so no one feels like they need to carry a gun to be safe.” I agreed!! However, we know people have a right to carry legal guns. Also, we know there can be a danger zone in being legal as well. There is an old saying,” Be the Change You Seek.” I don’t agree with everything I have seen in Kansas City. Even though I don’t agree I love the city I was born and raised in. That is why it is important for the ones who are determined to make a change in your community to keep going no matter how the struggle looks. We cannot quit now and When it is your time to pass the sword in your community, do so with grace!
Barbara Courtney, Cascade Media Group Columnists

If you have any questions or ideas you would like to share. My email: bcourtneycmg@sgmail

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