Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gang-Bangers And Politics

By Dave Dargo

I'm having a difficult time reconciling two different stories I saw in the news today.

The first story is in regards to a Mr. Akein Scott of New Orleans, Louisiana.  Mr. Scott appears to have issues with authority, drugs, guns and his fellow human being.  Mr. Scott is the person arrested in connection with the shooting of 19 people in New Orleans during a Mother's Day parade.

You can read about Mr. Scott here.  Mr. Scott was out on a $15,000 surety bond after being released from jail on April 29.  He is currently awaiting trial for illegally carrying a weapon with a controlled dangerous substance.  He was arrested March 5 and initially charged with possession of stolen firearms, possession of heroin and resisting police.

In the article linked above, it is reported that Mr. Scott is involved in gang activity.  If true, this would likely make Mr. Scott what some would call a "gang-banger".

So far, we know that a gang-banger was involved in shooting 19 people during a Mother Day's parade.  Such a thug, in my opinion, should never see the light of day and anyone who helped him should also spend a very long time in prison; it's currently reported that family members were helping him elude police.

There's something seriously wrong with someone who's willing to open fire on a parade and shoot 19 innocent people.  There's something just as wrong with a family willing to harbor such a thug.

This would be just another tragic story but for the statements of U.S. House of Representatives member Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and her recent comments:
"Don't condemn the gang-bangers, they've got guns that are trafficked -- that are not enforced, that are straw purchased and they come into places even that have strong gun laws.  Why?  Because we don't have sensible gun legislation."
Those 19 people who were shot along with their family members are probably quite willing to condemn the gang-bangers and I certainly won't blame them.  Ms. Lee seems to believe that it's not the fault of Mr. Scott that he shot 19 people but, rather, the lack of strong gun legislation.

I'm willing to condemn a gang-banger who would commit such a horrendous act.  I'm willing to condemn the family of such a person who would harbor such an individual.  I'm also willing to condemn Ms. Lee who is, apparently, incapable of placing the blame squarely where it belongs: upon the shoulders of Mr. Scott and upon the offices of politicians such as Ms. Lee who would re-direct the blame from the true culprit.

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