I just broke down the entire gang-structure of our area for my mother after she asked and suddenly realized that I have some amount of knowledge on this. And some small level of understanding of what role I can play in terms of the issue as a whole.
“Live by the sword, die by the sword.”
These words sum up my personal feelings towards owning weapons. However, the issue is not as simple as my personal reservations.
“Let the fittest survive, and the weak be food for the strong.”
This is not some crazed sentiment bandied about in movies or rap music but rather a fundamental way of thinking. A way of thinking I call being ‘criminal minded‘. This sole element is what I can relate to when speaking within my own experiences.
In a certain mindset people become ‘marks‘ and therefore weak enough to steal from or kill if necessary.
I understand well what it means to want to take without asking and claim what is ours by right of the fact that you were clever enough to take it.
But it is a cycle of destruction. And nothing more.
While gang ‘culture’ abounds it seems to me that many simply fail to understand how exceedingly complex these issues are.
I simply cannot discuss much of what I know here on this format, but there are things I can do.
Like say that my local police department has failed to properly guard against gang violence. Is the same true for you? Look into it.
In my experiences I have spoken with many former-affiliated individuals and most anything I understand is simply second-hand from them.
The only organization I can freely decry is the Cartel. They have invaded US territory in so many facets for so many years it is almost immeasurable. The phrase: “They are everywhere” applies here. But nonetheless the government takes open and often hostile actions against them. Therefore I know I can attack them by name and I am not alone.
My question is simple: Who will back me if I start denouncing local gangs or individuals?
I don’t wish to do this but rather am making a point. In the absence of a clear and present resistance to the spreading of gangland violence in my neighborhood I am remiss to start laying the issue out.
I encourage action over discourse in this specific matter, the danger of inaction is too high.