Of course, others think differently.
“It’s much more important to have a relationship and to be dealing with the other problems in a young person’s life, which sometimes require more than mentoring — if there are mental health issues, if there are gang issues, if there are family issues,” said clinical psychologist Dewey Cornell, who believes youth should seek out other programs instead.
Though Brown has admitted that young members who have felonies are a challenge, another member believes that African-Americans must confront gun problems head on.
“It’s up to us as African-Americans to address these issues,” Larry Smith said. ”So I know that black people can be around guns and not shoot each other.”
He also said that the community can deter the violence by developing a respect for guns, through the club.