Gang round-up

The local police along with the FBI and other police agencies rounded up a bunch of gang members Wednesday.

This comes as great news to local residents who have been feeling the danger inherent in gun use and violence.

Gangs and gang members specialize in gun use and violence. They derive their money from drug dealing.

So the more that are arrested and taken from the streets of this city the better it is for everyone trying to make a life here.

Life absent of gangs is a thing of the distant past.

We can almost begin to romanticize the era that many of us grew up in when there were no gangs as we know them today.

There was the Mafia – but we didn’t tend to refer to that organization as a gang.

It was usually a family, indeed, a crime family.

In fact, the lore of the old days includes the pleasant notion that the Mafia took care of crime and that the streets were safer when the Mafia controlled things.

Well, that is the stuff of mythology.

The streets are never safe when thugs joined together by family or drug-dealing operations are controlling turf.

We’re safe when the bad guys are placed in jail or put out of business.

The police action Wednesday makes this city safer at a time when violence has reached a crescendo, and when drugs continue to be the ruination of generations of youth.

We urge the police to keep up the war – and it is a war – against the violent, brutal gangs.

1 comment for “Gang round-up

  1. Anonymous
    October 29, 2010 at 3:47 am

    You say that “we’re safe when the bad guys are placed in jail or put out of business.”Are we? American prisons are simply places where we exile our “undesirables.” Prisons thus become the training grounds for more gangs. Your illusion that prisons make us “safe” is just that, an illusion. It’s like saying that a house is free of cockroaches just because you can’t see them. Pushing them into the walls doesn’t solve the problem, it simply pushes it elsewhere until it returns even stronger.As far as the dynamic of the mafia vs. contemporary gangs, the dynamic of “family” is still very much part of the appeal of gangs. Our society looks at gang members, not as people, but rather as cockroaches who need to be “put away” and forever branded with a scarlet letter “C” for “Criminal.” Is it any wonder that youth seek family elsewhere than “respectable society”?I notice that the front page of the Record this week features a glowing endorsement of Governor Patrick because he invested a bunch of money into Chelsea’s economy. That’s just what Chelsea needs, more gentrifying “economic development” for people to buy stuff they don’t need. And you wonder why “ruined generations” of youth are involved in the drug trade? They’re simply imitating the “respectable” society that some people want to bring to Chelsea. Maybe they should sell HD TVs instead of cocaine. That would be more “respectable.”You urge the police to “keep up the war” against the gangs. The police are simply force battling force. They’re simply driving the cockroaches behind the wall. If you think that the police are going to solve the problem of gangs, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.Here’s an idea: if you want to solve the gang problem, stop trying to make Chelsea “respectable.” Instead of trying to make the youth into middle-class consumers, why not make yourself into someone who lives a life truly worth imitating. Instead of trying to solve youth violence by institutionalizing it away, why not recognize that the youth are ultimately seeking family in these gangs. Do they find in you a family member?”Respectable” society is just as destructive as these gangs, perhaps moreso (because we are blind to the follies of “respectable” society). Who wants to live what Thoreau called a “life of quiet desperation”? These gang members sure don’t. The youth in these gangs at least have the courage to die for something, even though they are dying for the wrong things. What are you willing to die for?

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