The first job of government is to provide physical safety for its citizens. A state that fails to do so is a failed state. In most zip codes in America, children feel safe walking to school, walking to the playground, walking back home. Other zip codes are war zones in which parents and children fear for their lives on a daily basis. In these zip codes the US is a failed state. It is impossible to focus on physics or chemistry if you are worried about being stabbed in the bathroom or being shot on the way home. There can be no more egregious violation of the 14th amendment’s equal protection clause. We need a Constitutional Amendment to end this tragedy now.