The Guns Off Our Streets
By JOHN M. DERBY
May 25, 2017
state and local law enforcement officers are to be commended
for taking more than 50 people with criminal and/or gang
backgrounds off the streets in our area.
In addition, the guns and ammunition should not be available
to commit future crimes and violence.
the real work begins: Keeping them off the streets and not
allowing them access for more guns and ammunition.
our weekly community newspaper does not cover crimes and
violence because we feel that the daily newspaper does that
job very well.
we want to cover is what happens to these people who have
they going to do hard time? Or, will the courts allow them
to go free with a pat on the hand?
would like to follow up on each of these people who have
been arrested. As of yet, all 50 have not even been named,
so members of our community do not know who they are.
there some way to tract them through the legal system. Can
we follow up on what kind of a sentence each of them receives,
and how much real time they spend in prisons or county jail?
they are given bail, how many of them skip the country only
to come back under some other name and commit similar crimes?
state Legislature is on the right track — spending
money on a gang task force which will share information
on known gang members and leaders. This money is also needed
to track where the gangs are getting their illegal guns
and drugs, as well as who is directing them. If drug lords
are involved the arm of the law needs to reach across the
borders, and cut off the supply, and name those drug lords
who are calling the shots.
is much too much crime and violence in our community which
involves gangs, and they need to be labeled for the harm
that they are doing.
them will take persistent enforcement — not just one
big arrest. If more than 50 criminals and gang leaders were
arrested, the chance is that there are another 50 or more
who still are out there waiting to fill in the gaps.
that the criminal elements are aware that our gang task
force has the where with all to make arrests and take guns
and money off the streets, these criminals will be more
careful. They will probably be harder to catch, however,
the job is so important that we cannot let up.
just to follow up: A good attorney may find a loop hole
to get these criminals off without serving hard time.
don’t want that to happen.
message needs to go out: “Do the crime and serve the