I do not have a solution for what is wrong in Chicago. I really do not care. Its obamas problem, he will take care of it......:yup:
Also, are you proposing that crime rates today are lower than they were back in the 1920's? I'm not sure about that.
As for "easy money" - here's my point. If you remove one avenue for "easy money" the criminal will find or invent another one. It's simply unintended consequences. I am NOT making an argument for or against legalizing drugs. What I am arguing is that simple "cause and effect" view is just that- simplistic.
Gangs are very entrepreneurial. They operate like businesses with their "employees" supported by firepower. They go after the most lucrative transactions to keep their organizations humming along, whether that be drugs, prostitution, trafficking stolen goods, or anything else that will net the most money. In addition to being a "business", they are supported by a union-esque atmosphere where each member supports each other, giving everyone a place of belonging and family.
Making drugs and prostitution legal won't defeat gangs. They will just find something else that they can do to make money. Prohibition was very profitable for the gang-like mafia, but legalizing booze again didn't put them away.
Harsher sentences for crimes committed by gang-members, more operations targeting gang activities, and empowering citizens to defend themselves are things that can help the situation. I don't think this is a problem that has a solution. I think you can make it better, but not fix it completely. As long as poor, young boys are looking for money and a strong peer group that makes them feel like they belong, there will be a place for gangs.
Not to worry, there is a plan:
Chicago Crime Commission proposes solutions for reducing gang violence - MarketWatch
So you think that society is to blame? Try blaming the adult buckets of crap for having kids they don't raise like parents should and not teaching them to be civilized and legally productive.
You are justifying their actions....what is with that? Do you really think that they want to start working as youngsters? There are many kids who come from dysfunctional parenting that DO go on to get jobs and live productive LEGAL lives.
I didn't really expect any solutions...because frankly I don't think there is any out side of letting them kill each other out. I am more concerned with their victims and future victims. They should have the right to protect themselves...but Chicago doesn't let them. Now THAT is sad.
I just didn't expect anyone to give excuses.
How goes Chicago with this problem today is how the problem will be stopped in other areas in the future? At least I know where I live I an use lethal force to protect myself, my home and my family (and the local criminals know this too).
Could give NFL a run for their money.
But I do have to agree...with drugs not a income...they would find other illegal activities.
I think the best we can hope for is to cut it down.....probably by letting them cut themselves down.
I just think that the law abiding, productive members of society have a right to defend themselves from it.
Suggesting that "easy money" is the root of most career criminal behavior is pretty short-sighted. I'm curious what sort of hard-data research YOU have to support this.
The reality of the situation probably lies in what has been suggested, that is declaring the area an urban terrorist stronghold, bringing in the national guard and suspending due process for known gang-bangers. Prison sentences don't stop gang activity. It just moves it indoors where they get 3 hots and a cot until they get out and go on with business as usual. Somewhere along the line, the leaders, recruiters and more active members have to be taken out, permanently. It's drastic, proportional and necessary, and the only real solution.
how to do you fix a problem when the mindset is this............
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