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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 02:35 PM

 

More gangs, more gun violence

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20120916/LOCAL07/309169940/1043

“Gangs are expanding, evolving, and posing an increasing threat to U.S. communities.”

Those words come from a threat assessment released by the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center last year.

In that assessment, the FBI estimated there are 1.4 million active street, prison and outlaw-motorcycle gang members belonging to more than 33,000 gangs in the country.


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Response to Remmah2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 03:08 PM

1. yea

 

the FBI says the same things about potheads lol

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Response to Remmah2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 03:25 PM

2. "It’s sometimes hard to pinpoint the reason for the rise in gangs, York said."

 

LOL. sure it is.

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Response to trouble.smith (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:15 AM

15. Yeah. Our government is either lying to us....

 

or they are incompetent.

What a freakin' surprise, eh?

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Response to Remmah2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:11 PM

3. I think I saw a note when Chicago was around 435 homicides....

 

...that gang activity was responsible for around 400 of them.


I'll let that sink in for our anti-gun contingent.

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Response to Clames (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:16 PM

4. This is talked about

 

Very little. Gangs are responsible for the vast majority of gun violence in America. But if it is not mentioned the anti-gunners can pretend that America is awash with guns and gun violence is the fault of we the law abiding citizens who support the 2A.

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Response to Berserker (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:04 AM

19. "Gangs" is a "dog whistle" for racism down here

We've had a few of the crowd that whines more in Meta, go ape shot crazy when you bring up gangs as the source of so many shootings, especially in Chicago.

They claim its obviously racist to blame gangs for all that crime, facts and the fact that there are white and Hispanic gangs be damned.

I think there are more than a few local politicians that buy into that line of "thinking" as well and would rather demonize gun owners in general that risk alienating a voting bloc. (At least in Chicago, I know damn well there are!)

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Response to Remmah2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:38 PM

5. And some here want to disarm the honest citizen.

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Response to ileus (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:52 PM

6. Don't forget that to some we are not "honest citizens" but instead we are"hidden criminals".

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Response to oneshooter (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:30 PM

8. Or just plain irresponsible and mentally defunct for wanting to own a firearm.

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Response to Remmah2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:04 PM

7. You guys crack me up. It's good to know you're out there dealing with the gangs.

It's very progressive of you. If I were a gang member I'd probably carry a gun too.

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Response to Starboard Tack (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:35 PM

9. Who said anything...

... about "dealing with the gangs?

You guys crack me up. It's good to know you're out there dealing with the gangs.

It's very progressive of you. If I were a gang member I'd probably carry a gun too.

Big straw man there. No one is advocating vigilantism. The point being made is that high levels of gun violence are often used as an excuse to support gun control laws, laws that will be observed only by people who aren't the ones responsible for most of that violence. At best, these laws would only serve to add relatively minor charges to the rather extensive curricula vitae of murderous drug dealers.

Make no mistake: There is nothing heroic about the gangs. We're not talking about Robin Hood here. We're talking about the violent domination and exploitation of inner-city communities. Object to their peddling drugs to your children? Testify against them in court? They will kill you without hesitation and then laugh and brag about it.

You have some very quaint notions.

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Response to Straw Man (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 09:49 PM

10. I didn't see you in the echo chamber, but I'll respond.

I never suggested that anyone was advocating vigilantism. Those are your words. I got the impression that the rise in gang violence was related, in some way, to their desire to carry. Please correct me if I'm wrong. They use this kind of sensationalist journalism to justify their desire to carry a gun in public. Again, please correct me if I'm wrong.

Now, let's look at some interesting stats provided by the CDC, a credible government agency that has no dog in this fight.
Key findings include:

In Los Angeles and Long Beach, less than 5 percent of all homicides were associated with known drug trade or use. In Oakland, 12.5 percent of gang homicides compared to 16.5 percent of nongang homicides involved drug trade / use; in Oklahoma City, 25.4 percent of gang homicides compared to 22.8 percent of nongang homicides involved drug trade / use. Newark was the only city with a significantly higher proportion of gang homicides (20 percent) vs. nongang homicides (6 percent) that involved drug trade / use.

There was a significantly higher proportion of gang homicide victims who were 15-19 years old in all cities; in general, gang homicide victims were younger than nongang homicide victims.

Approximately 80 percent of all homicide victims were male in each city; however, Los Angeles, Newark, and Oklahoma City still reported significantly higher proportions of male victims in gang homicide incidents compared with nongang homicide incidents.

In all cities, 92–96 percent of gang homicide incidents involved firearms, compared with firearm involvement in 57–86 percent of nongang related homicides.
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0126_gang_homicides.html

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Response to Starboard Tack (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:34 PM

12. The echo chamber?

Not sure what you mean by that. I believe that both your assumptions are wrong, and I stand by what I said in my previous post about the futility of most big-city gun control efforts. And you most certainly did suggest vigilantism in your assertion, albeit tongue-in-cheek, that gangs are justifiably armed against "you guys" who are "out there dealing with the gangs."

All that your stats tell me is that there is a substantial amount of drug-trade-related violence that isn't gang-related. (I'm wondering if biker clubs and other such criminal enterprises are computed as "gangs" in these stats.) In any case, it doesn't change my opinion of inner-city gangs as a plague on the communities they inhabit.

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Response to Starboard Tack (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:57 AM

18. And what business would you be in as a gang member?

If you were one? Gangs, all of them, at their core are violent criminal enterprises. They're not social clubs.

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Response to Remmah2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:25 PM

11. I support Gang Control

 

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Response to holdencaufield (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:39 PM

13. I support Gangam Style

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:44 PM

14. Well who doesn't?

 

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:07 AM

16. You Rock

 

That's all I got to say about that. In my best Forest Gump impression.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:09 AM

17. Apparently something went wrong during the Elvis cloning process. nt

 

nt

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