Julius Givens
2 min readNov 1, 2022

What happened to Takeoff is a tragedy. Takeoff was young with a great deal of talent and passion for music. An entire life ahead uncertain of the possibilities but arguably, they were endless. Migos was one of my favorite rap groups and to date, I haven’t been to a concert or festival that has made me jump or lose my voice as much as they did.

Unfortunately, in many of the cities we live in, gun violence is all too common. Last night in Chicago 14 people were shot in a drive-by shooting, including three children ages: 3, 11, and 14 — not to mention the numerous other shooting incidents that took place throughout the night.

Even as I write this now, I’ve just responded to several calls for a shooting incident.

It’s 8:30 AM on a Tuesday morning for the record.

Anyways, it’s not lost on me the impact that Takeoff had on many of us. However, we can’t ignore the shootings and homicides in our backyards because those mothers, fathers, children, and in some instances, grandparents didn’t have the national name recognition to be posted on our social media platforms.

Action always wins the day. We must be compelled to solve these problems ourselves at the local level. Government often moves slow — but people can move fast. When human lives are in danger, the priority is always yesterday. Speed is paramount.

One of the most effective ways to save a life or stop children from choosing violence and slowing the cycle of gun violence is mentorship.

Mentorship provides guidance to worlds unknown. Once a child sees new possibilities, they begin to reach for them. Moreover, you save one life, you’ve saved all of humanity.

In conclusion, consider being men and women of action. Reflect on how you might be able to slow this epidemic of gun violence. It’s true, this is a public health crisis and should be treated as such. But until our elected officials can agree on a wholesale solution, it’s up to me… and you.

Action wins the day! See you in the field!




Julius Givens

A Chicago Police Officer committed to the three most important aspects of policing: Public Trust, Police Accountability, and Police Effectiveness.