Wednesday, 29 June 2005
|1406 - One solution to gang warfare|
Left-wing kook Nick Coleman, in today's Minneapolis Star-Tribune, decries the rash of gang shootings that are hurting innocent kids and driving honest people away in droves. At the end of the column, they added a note about a "Rally and Walk for Peace and Justice".
Just how much rallying and walking do they think it will take to get the gangs to find honest pursuits? I know how much I think it'll take: more than is possible. Gangs will continue to shoot up neighborhoods until it's shown forcefully to them that that isn't going to be tolerated.
One neighborhood in Arizona has the right idea. I looked for a reference online, but was unsuccessful. It seems that a carload of gangbangers tried a drive-by shooting. They were met by return fire from multiple houses. The car crashed into a light pole and caught fire, and at least one gangbanger was heard screaming as he burned to death. It seems the fire department wasn't called until it was far too late.
That neighborhood hasn't had any trouble with gangs since.
Gangs are conducting war on honest people. It's time that the honest people treated it as a war and started answering in the only language the gangs understand: hot lead.
current mood: determined
current music: Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good
That last paragraph could be applied to one or two other conflicts I could name, too.
Hey hey. I'm going to drown your truthful words in hatred for effective action and recommend the continued coddling of criminals.
And banning all the firearms that criminals dont use as well, CAUSE GUNS ARE DANGEROUS.
Destroying gangs is good, but it doesn't stop them from coming back. To ultimately defeat gangs means that you have to stop them from coming into existence in the first place: the conditions which cause gangs to arise must themselves be defeated.
All you have to do is convince gangbangers that their activities will leave them worse off than other pursuits. That doesn't take fiddling with conditions or anything else, just superior firepower. Ask the folks in Arizona.
Which would work, if gang members had gotten a fair assessment of gang activity before they got in, or if there weren't extreme penalties for leaving the gang, or if living in the projects were actually seen as better than joining a gang and getting bling & hos (not that they actually do, but the appearance is there).
The car crashed into a light pole and caught fire, and at least one gangbanger was heard screaming as he burned to death. It seems the fire department wasn't called until it was far too late.
Shooting a car, causing a fire, and letting it burn to death is no more moral than actually having a drive-by. The way you put it, these people made a conscious decision to let that guy burn to death, and if that's true, it's completely immoral.
I'll agree that sometimes action has to be met with action, but anything that lets an individual play the role of judge, jury, and executioner all at once is just a violation of the American justice system, pure and simple.