Media and the gun control advocates (sorry for repeating myself) seem to be focusing on the wrong culture. They seem to think the ‘gun culture’ is to blame instead of the drug/thug culture.
Airel Santos is accused of killing Dwaine Plummer, 24, who was found shot in the chest Dec. 9 in an apartment in the 5100 block of Flamingo Road.
Investigators learned that Plummer sold drugs from the apartment, homicide Sgt. Cheryl Johnson said. Santos met Plummer there, they argued, and Santos shot Plummer, she said.
Santos was arrested Dec. 13 on a murder warrant. He was transferred Thursday from the Mansfield Jail to the Tarrant County Jail. Bail was set at $300,000.
Plummer’s brother, Deshunn Plummer, was shot to death in November 2010 in Fort Worth in what police said started as a fistfight over drugs and gang activity and escalated into gunfire.
Just over two years ago, the murder victim’s brother is shot to death in a fight involving gangs and drugs. I talked about his brother here. For many people, a death in the family would be a wake up call to change behavior. Not so with those in the drug culture as we see here.
Criminal gangs commit as much as 80 percent of the crime in many communities, according to law enforcement officials throughout the nation. Typical gang-related crimes include alien smuggling, armed robbery, assault, auto theft, drug trafficking, extortion, fraud, home invasions, identity theft, murder, and weapons trafficking.
So, if ‘criminal gangs‘ commit as much as 80% of crime; how does it make sense to restrict my rights? Do you really think those importing tons of drugs, those raping, and trafficking in weapons are really going to be bothered by a background check requirement?
And if they are concerned about a background check, there are ways around it. Using a friend or family to buy the guns legally. When many people in the area are involved in criminal activities, it is easier to get involved. All too often drugs become a family/neighborhood expectation.
Existing data indicate that approximately 10% of male, urban, African-American early adolescents report having engaged in drug trafficking, with a higher percent of youths reporting having been asked to sell drugs and/or indicating that they expect to become involved in drug trafficking. Rates increase with advancing age. Reported rates of drug trafficking are comparable with rates of tobacco and alcohol use among early adolescents and are substantially higher than use rates of illegal drugs. Drug trafficking is associated with increased mortality, accounting for one third to one half of homicide-related deaths in some studies. The practice is also associated with other health-risk behaviors, including nonfatal violence, substance use, and incarceration. Perceived social pressures by family members and/or peers to engage in drug trafficking and the belief that a youth’s wage-earning potential is limited to drug trafficking are highly correlated with involvement in this activity.
Drug trafficking is a prevalent risk behavior among adolescents that has several negative health consequences.
If you want to address ‘cultural issues’ why don’t you start with the drug/thug culture.
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That culture isn’t a problem.
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