Elected officials in the City of Fresno are looking to pay gang members to stop killing people with guns.
A new proposal being floated as part of the City of Fresno’s budget discussions would set into motion a program that would pay stipends to gang members to curb gun violence.
After two days of budget hearings on Fresno Mayor Lee Brand’s proposals for fiscal year 2020, now the Fresno City Council has its turn to pitch funding proposals.
The proposal, floated by Council member Miguel Arias, would fund $75,000 for “the administrative element” of a local version of the Advance Peace initiative.
In Arias’ budget motion, he notes that an additional $225,000 would be committed in next year’s budget funded by “Cannabis activity.”
Advance Peace first started in Richmond, Calif. as a method to curb gun violence.
The Richmond program utilizes a team of pseudo-social workers, typically former convicts, monitor high risk individuals and pitch them to join the program and eschew violence.
In Richmond, the stipend for high risk individuals giving up violent activity ranges from $300 to $1,00 each month, depending on their progression in reaching personal and professional goals, Mother Jones reported.
Is this not the craziest idea the Democrats have come up with yet. The idea that we should be paying people to not commit crimes is absolutely ridiculous. Americans should be obeying laws because it is moral to do so not because the government is paying them not to.
This is another example of the left putting the rights of lawbreakers over the rights of law-abiding Americans.
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