Focusing on the Wrong Culture

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

That culture isn’t a problem.

 

Please join the discussion.

 

 

 

4 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Divemedic on 21.12.12 at 9:21 AM

    Which brings us to the real reason why cops oppose legalizing drugs in this country: 80% of them would be out of a job. There is a major segment of our economy devoted to enforcing drug related crime, incarcerating those convicted of drug related crime, and confiscating the property of those suspected of drug related crime.

  2. Posted by Bob S. on 21.12.12 at 9:21 AM

    Divemedic,

    I try not to assign motivation to people without cause. That being said, there is strong indications you are absolutely right.

    I think worse, it goes beyond being out of a job, it goes to being without the power to interfere and control people’s lives.

    I haven’t commented on it but I’m sure most people have see the recent video of the body cavity search performed by the Texas DPS trooper on the side of the road.

    Why was that illegal search performed? Because the 1st trooper stated he smelled marijuana.
    Just smelled it. No evidence of it effecting driving, no evidence of illegal substances in sight, nothing more substantial than a faint odor.

    There is a huge problem with the law when it generates the mindset involved here; the mindset that says it is okay to perform a body cavity search in public!

  3. Posted by Paul Kanesky on 21.12.12 at 9:21 AM

    I believe it would take very little research to show the majority of violent crime, including shootings, to be in very selective geographical locations.
    These locations would probably be in the inner city areas of cities with the most draconian gun laws intended to disarm the law abiding citizens.
    As far as I am concerned, the anti rights types are not interested in reducing crime. They are interested in control and power. It is much easier to control unarmed peasants than it would be to control armed free citizens
    If these people were sucessful it would be the end of civilization as we know it and we would return to the dark ages where the peasant had no effective means of protecting himself and his family from the Knights and petty nobility.
    In a way you could say the invention of the gun was the cause and beginning of freedom for the world.
    Paul in Texas

  4. Posted by sfcmarkc on 21.12.12 at 9:21 AM

    Bob,
    You are very correct. I’ve gone round and round repeatedly on a certain other blog you know of that the big problem with the anti-gun industry is that they only look at a problem and see solutions that apply to their industry vision. If you arent willing to look at other factors, then you are missing oportunities to solve problem.
    When I worked in a factory they used this technique called Pareto analysis. Basically you list problems in order of their effect, then you work on the top three. After those are fixed, you do another analysis and pick the next three.
    As can be seen in the latest goings on, they arent even willing to do that. Since in the larger problem that defines gun violence, those caused by rifles rank near the bottom.