Big, transnational gangs make our gangs look puny

Full story: Hampton Roads Daily Press

T he recent announcement that area police departments had broken up a deadly local gang was welcome news to residents of the Peninsula.

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Mar 22, 2009
 

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Killebrew might know defense issues, but he completely missed the mark on gangs. Unfortunately what Killebrew doesn’t understand is the culture that gave rise to gangs, nor does he understand the leadership structure (or lack of) that gangs employ. There is no firm "national gang leadership" as Killebrew eludes to. Gangs employ a loose allegiance much like Al-Qaeda and the Iraqi resistance groups. There is no "national leader". Trying to pigeon hole gangs into a neat little idea of a organized group with a leader shows a lack of understanding of gang culture. Killebrew also shows a complete lack of understanding of the areas gangs bread and thrive in. Areas were mistrust of the police, society and middle class culture are the "norm", not the exception. Just as you can't change religion of an occupied county, nor will Killebrew be successful in his attempt to "convert" the culture and that has allowed gangs to bread and thrive. We need leaders who understand this if we are to be successful in combating gangs in our community.
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Thank goodness there is no gang problem in the city of Virginia Beach. Our leaders have managed to keep it a family oriented city where our children do not need to join gangs.

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Mar 22, 2009
 
50% of all Latino gangs are illegal aliens or their anchor babies. If our feckless Government did their job, this wouldn't be happening.
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Apr 16, 2009
 
This is so true! The community must stand up and not tolerate crime.
RUT ROH

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Gangs in America are our biggest terrorists threat.
Tamara

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Apr 16, 2009
 
You need to do your part and not depend on the government. You might as well go to Egypt where nothing gets done and people wait for the government to do everything for them and it is the 21st century? Be self-sufficient and help your community.
Rogerg wrote:
50% of all Latino gangs are illegal aliens or their anchor babies. If our feckless Government did their job, this wouldn't be happening.
RUT ROH

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Apr 17, 2009
 
Tamara wrote:
You need to do your part and not depend on the government. You might as well go to Egypt where nothing gets done and people wait for the government to do everything for them and it is the 21st century? Be self-sufficient and help your community.<quoted text>
Ugggggggggg. Your description of Egypt sounds like our Urban areas in America. And they are spreading as the culture of violence, government dependence, government control, and lack of personal responsibility become the norm.

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Apr 17, 2009
 
Tamara wrote:
You need to do your part and not depend on the government. You might as well go to Egypt where nothing gets done and people wait for the government to do everything for them and it is the 21st century? Be self-sufficient and help your community.<quoted text>
I am, I do.
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Apr 17, 2009
 
If anyone thinks that ANY city is free of gangs, they are idiots. Think those 2 kids in Virginia Beach shot in the head was not gang related? It had to be! You don't see that level of violence from just ordinary street crime concerning youths. Gangs will infest this great country to the point where some areas of our cities will become no go zones. The police will give up and stay out of those areas. I think it's happening already.

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Apr 17, 2009
 
Walther wrote:
If anyone thinks that ANY city is free of gangs, they are idiots. Think those 2 kids in Virginia Beach shot in the head was not gang related? It had to be! You don't see that level of violence from just ordinary street crime concerning youths. Gangs will infest this great country to the point where some areas of our cities will become no go zones. The police will give up and stay out of those areas. I think it's happening already.
It has been that way in LA.
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Apr 18, 2009
 
Fortunately there is no gang problem in the city of Virginia Beach.

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