On Thursday, former NFL player Jack Brewer testified at a Congressional hearing on school shootings.
Brewer, who works with young men through his non-profit,the Jack Brewer Foundation, has spoken out about how fatherlessness contributes to crime and violence.
According the Jack Brewer Foundation website:
Since 2006 the Jack Brewer Foundation has helped populations around the world combat extreme poverty and human rights challenges.
With a deep commitment to “Empowering from Within”, JBF Worldwide encourages its Global Ambassadors to reach beyond their own communities in order to bring resources to the most underserved. Our Global Ambassadors include athletes, artist and influencers from a wide range of industries, who come together to promote global good.
Founded by former NFL Team Captain, Philanthropist and Ambassador Jack Brewer, The Jack Brewer Foundation currently supports programs in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, India, China and the United States. JBF Worldwide is a volunteer based organization that was founded on the belief that influencers could come together in their free time to help solve many of the issues surrounding the extreme poor.
To date, JBF has delivered over $70 million in medical aid, supports over 35 orphan care centers, has helped deliver sports equipment to over one million underserved children, implements programs aimed at addressing fatherlessness in America’s hardest hit black communities, and helps bring medical care to over 10,000 women and children around the world.
Speaking at the hearing, said:
I am a resident of Parkland Florida and I understand the impact of these tragedies on our communities. I am the father of four.
Unfortunately I have experienced gun violence first hand. At 14-years-old my friend shot a skinhead in the neck, self-defense, after a group tried to break into his house.
I will never forget the trauma I felt from having to serve as a witness in that case. Trauma and fear hardened me. After I was threatened and bullied and harassed by skinheads, I started to carry an illegal pistol at 15 years old….a 22-long to be exact. I even took it to school after the skinheads threatened me.
I didn’t know it then, but I know it now, I was traumatized.
I’ll never forget being shot at and seeing a stray pellet skim my cousin’s arm. I was a young kid, with all the world in front of me. I was a straight-A student, a great multi-sport athlete, and even director of my church choir.
If I was caught with that gun in my pocket, I would not be testifying before you today. If I had shot and killed a skinhead or a bully back then, I may still be in prison serving a life-sentence today.
The difference between me and the hundreds of young black boys who are shooting at each other every day of the week in communities across America comes down to one thing….one word….father.
The reason I thought twice about
Source: The Gateway Pundit