As we await the recommendations of the President’s Task Force to address gun violence or whatever it is called, one significant party was not invited to the party – GANGS!
The other day as this reaction to the terrible massacre in Newtown developed; I was befuddled by the conflicting statistics being flouted on the net. So, I decided to do some quick research.
And I mean quick. I think I got the result below in about 15 minutes. I guess that is what they don’t pay me the big bucks for – not enough noise and posturing when I give my results.
Go to the link above and you will find a lot of information on gangs in the USA. Folks, we got a big problem that somehow our leaders in DC choose to ignore.
Let me quote just a couple of paragraphs from the FBI report:
Gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions and up to 90 percent in several others, according to NGiC analysis. major cities and suburban areas experience the most gang-related violence.
…Gangs encourage members, associates, and relatives to obtain law enforcement, judiciary, or legal employment in order to gather information on rival gangs and law enforcement operations.
Gang infiltration of the military continues to pose a significant criminal threat, as members of at least 53 gangs have been identified on both domestic and international military installations.
Crossposted from ThinkOpine