Blog Post

Our fight against violent crime begins at home

By: Natalie Gochnour

Originally published in the Deseret News

It’s been a violent summer in our community and country. A disturbed man gunned down a mother, her sons and another child as they returned home from school. A drunken fight turned into a murder in Murray. A drug bust in the basement of a Cottonwood Heights home revealed garbage bags full of cash and hundreds of thousands of fake opioid pills. Road rage incidents seem to be a weekly occurrence. And now members of Congress can’t even practice baseball without being targeted with a gun.

Violence, and the illegal drug use that often fuels it, is becoming all too common. We are left wondering, “What is going on?”

My husband and I talk about this all the time. Somewhere in the mix of mental illness, graphic video games, access to firearms, violent television programs and movies, drug and alcohol addiction, the breakdown of the family and other forces, society doesn’t seem as safe anymore.

This fear doesn’t get any more real than the chilling 2:30 a.m. 911 call made by Memorez Rackley three days before she and her children were attacked on a residential Sandy street. If you haven’t done so already, get online and listen to the recording.

Rackley said, “I fear for my and my children’s safety.” She continues, “I’m worried…he’ll come hunt me and my children down.” No one should ever have to live this way. No one should ever have to die this way.

This week, I had a conversation with violent crime expert John W. Huber. He was nominated this week by President Donald Trump to serve as the U.S. Attorney for Utah. Huber, who served