Guns Against Goons (Plus … )

The founder and editor of GunsSaveLives declares that one of the reasons he carries is in order to spare himself the fate that befell two young brothers at the hands of passing gangsters, as they waited for a train at the Brown Line train stop, in Chicago. According to WGN-TV,

A group of seven, 6 males and one female, surrounded them on the platform and someone in the group told them to flash their gang signs and they refused, telling the group they weren’t in a gang.
That’s when police say Mario Elvira pulled out a machete and started swinging. He struck the 26-year-old according to police leaving deep cuts to his neck and head. He continued to violently swing the weapon until the next train showed up on the platform and perhaps forced the group to run.
Police later caught up with the 4 adults and 3 juveniles charged with the incident 18-year-old Elvira, 19-year-old Kevin Ramirez, 20-year-old Kevar Preston and 23-year-old Jean Salvatierra. They are all charged with robbery, aggravated battery and trespassing on the CTA. The three minors, two males and one female, also face charges.

Strictly speaking, the gentleman is correct. There can be no doubt that had the victims been carrying, and both willing and permitted to defend themselves in a public space—stand your ground in Chicago?—they would have averted this horrid attack.

The story, however, is multifaceted; it cannot be reduced or dismissed with reference to a single remedy. To wit, another, less politically polite source reports that the aggressors consisted of a gang “of Obama’s Dreamers.” In other words, illegal aliens, candidates for amnesty:

WGN reports that the Border Patrol had been called in to investigate the immigration status of the assailants – finding that nearly all of them were here illegally — and probably all “Dreamers” eligible for amnesty under Barack Obama’s DACA executive order. (TopRightNews)

If I am to believe my lying eyes, moreover, the victims appear white; their attackers Hispanic. Yet another kink in an everyday crime story in the US.

So, while a gun might have stopped this particular gang of goons, there are many more layers to this sad story.

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2 Responses to Guns Against Goons (Plus … )

  1. Henry Bowman says:

    Parts of the U.S. are divided into the violent and the non-violent. The violent ones tend to inhabit cities, and be gang members. The gangs get their revenue, typically, by selling drugs.

    John McWhorter has argued (e.g., here and here) that the War Drugs is the major underlying problem, especially for the black community. There are other problems, to be sure — the Federal government doling out money being a good example — but the War on Drugs undermines society at a basic level. I thnk that the anti-poverty programs are perhaps as bad, but I could be wrong.


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