If nothing else, it’s an unusual take on stopping gun violence from maybe an unlikely character.

Former White House green jobs czar Van Jones writes on CNN.com:

I had hoped the national debate might expand to include a deeper discussion of what is really happening with gun violence in America. So far, it has not. The conversation did not change much, even after Hadiya Pendleton, who marched with her Chicago classmates in President Obama’s second inaugural parade, was shot and killed in a park while talking with her friends. She was only 15 years old. The truth is that her story is tragically common in America. And the most disputed ideas out of Washington, like an assault weapons ban, wouldn’t do much to change that reality. …

We should be focused on connecting people, especially young men, to training and employment. As I said recently on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” nothing stops a bullet like a job.

Jones does say in the piece, however, that “of course” there should be a ban on assault weapons.