Rep. Rush: Sen. Kirk’s gang arrests proposal ‘elitist white boy solution’

{mosads}“It’s a sensational, headline-grabbing, empty, simplistic, unworkable approach,” Rush said.

Rush added that the money would be better spent on “job creation and job training” that would help alleviate the problem of gang violence.

“[The] current plan does not include the option to create jobs, provide affordable and safe housing, quality health care and improve schools in urban areas, BUT certainly a plan to incarcerate 18,000 black men is elitist. Why is incarceration the sole option instead of rehabilitation which is proven to work and not locking young men up,” Rush added in an email.

Earlier this month, Kirk told Chicago’s Fox News affiliate he wanted to “crush” Chicago’s most violent street gangs, invoking the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. Pendleton, an honors student, preformed at the president’s second inaugural; first lady Michelle Obama attended her memorial service.

“I would like to crush them because they shot Hadiya,” Kirk said.

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