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A Lack of Leadership is Devastating My Community

A Lack of Leadership is Devastating My Community

My community is being ravaged by violent crime and deadly drugs. 
it's now ranked the most dangerous city in the country with a population between 100,000-200,000.
Statistically, it's more dangerous than nearby Chicago. It doesn't get any worse than that.
Unfortunately, it's hitting closer and closer to home.
My best friend and I stopped by a local bar and grill on Thanksgiving Eve to visit with some old friends. A Lack of Leadership is Devastating My Community
It's become a tradition. It's the same place we used to meet in our younger days.
Apparently, we left just before another patron became the victim of an armed robbery in the parking lot.
The robbery turned out to be unsuccessful.
The intended victim fought back, resulting in the robber dropping his handgun in the parking lot as he fled.
As a result, my friend, who is a retired Illinois State Trooper, is considering arming himself.
The state recently approved concealed carry, but excluded carrying within establishments that serve alcohol.
So, it may not have been a benefit under those circumstances. A robber isn't going to wait while you reach for the weapon you've left in your car.
It's a difficult decision for him.
During his 30 years in law enforcement, he never once had to pull his weapon.
I refuse to arm myself, although I've been trained to handle a assortment of weapons.
I prefer to leave that up to the local police force, whom I still hold in high regard.
They have an increasingly difficult job to do. They're so busy responding to calls of shots fired that they no longer have time to routinely patrol our neighborhoods.
However, their leadership is becoming suspect.
Our newly appointed police chief has been mysteriously absent from the public eye.
He hasn't publicly addressed this issue for weeks, even though he said he accepted the appointment because he was ready for a challenge.
Well, he's got plenty of challenges, none of which have been met.A Lack of Leadership is Devastating My Community
In fact, since being appointed, our community has gone from being ranked the fifth most dangerous to the most dangerous.
His first order of business was to silence radio traffic, making it impossible for scanners to pick up police calls.
His defense was the fact that criminals, as well as citizens,  may track police activity.
While I don't dispute that fact, I believe the decision was largely due to the fact that residents were realizing that crime is no longer contained to the historically dangerous neighborhoods.
The entire city is under attack, which is not only increasing the exodus of current residents, but discouraging outsiders, including businesses, from moving into the community.
As a result, the local media has resorted to requesting the general public to alert them to unusual police activity.
Twitter has become the outlet for immediate reports. I can't foresee any issues arising from that, can you?
Meanwhile, armed robberies, home invasions, and gang warfare, continue to run rampant with virtually no reported arrests.
The local police report that they caught and released the three guys who they believe robbed my daughter and her boss at their place of business.
Both women were roughed up while being held at gunpoint last Father's Day morning.

They said the video was inconclusive because the subject's faces weren't clearly visible.
They were wearing" boonie" hats, which are often worn by the military and fisherman. They easily conceal their faces.
I guess it doesn't matter that both women identified the robbers from a lineup. 
Ironically, four identical businesses have been robbed using the exact same method since their release.
Fortunately, no one has been hurt.

Unfortunately, the recently elected county sheriff hasn't been effective, either.
He stormed out of a recent meeting to finalize his upcoming budget. He was told he was not going to receive a promised A Lack of Leadership is Devastating My Communityincrease to hire additional deputies, which, with the board's approval, had already been hired.
In addition to violent crime, heroin overdoses have become an epidemic.
And, surprisingly, its not just our youth who are suffering. The scourge has no age limit.
I found out yesterday that an old friend's 30-year-old son recently died from a heroin overdose. My son is 27.
Last summer, I attended the visitation for a childhood friend who also died from a heroin overdose. He was 55.
The obituary, as requested by the family, didn't state the cause of death.
I didn't know how my friend had died until his eldest brother whispered it in my ear as I paid my respects to the family at the visitation.
I was shocked.
The issue was raised and addressed by the local candidates for coroner and state's attorney during the recent election. However, the only weapon they could come up with to fight this losing battle was increased education.
Ironically, it has yet to become an issue in the upcoming races for the city council and mayor.
They all appear to be waiting for someone else to solve the problem.
The primary election will be held on February 28, 2017. 
Between now and then, I intend to become vocal member of the community. 
I want to hear how they expect to solve these issues. And, as some of you know, I'm not afraid to speak my mind.
A Lack of Leadership is Devastating My Community


Harvey Lloyd Hace 6 d · #6

#3 @Aurorasa Sima the armed citizen debate was one that was decided many years ago in America. It is difficult to judge from hindsight. I do feel that the argument detracts from the main issue. Citizens are rising up against the establishment or making their living via illegal activities. John Q. Citizen is left in the lurch. Most folks who i know who have armed themselves , do so reluctantly and in most cases without proper training. This adds fuel to the mix as you stated.

I would caution using statistics. They sound great as a macro discussion. But haveing met several folks who have been involved in violent crimes, they are a statistic of one. Violent crime on innocent citizens has two effects, the immediate loss (physical), and the long-term loss of trust and faith (Emotional).

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Harvey Lloyd Hace 6 d · #5

@Randy Keho this seems to be a growing story in our country. We recently moved for similar, but not as bad reasons. The most frustrating thing as you point out is our inability to do anything other than complain or vote. Arming one's self has its challenges, but more importantly can place you on the wrong side of the law inadvertently. Our larger cities seem to be catching the brunt of this growing phenomena of tyranny. My prayers and thoughts are with your efforts.

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Erroll -EL- Warner Hace 6 d · #4

What is needed is investment in education by government. There should be a national apprenticeship/ skiĺls programme in the US of A. This should be done in partnership with businesses, parents and government. There is a great need to invest in the youths of this nation. This work effectively in most European countries. Schools must get involved by using those counselors and community out reached programmes.

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Aurorasa Sima Hace 6 d · #3

#2 Consider yourself bombarded with criticism. The Wild West mentality leads to even more murder.

As a decent person, you will always be at disadvantage against criminals who will potentially only shoot faster if they suspect you´re armed.

Or maybe I´m wrong. Let´s have a look at the statistics and how the US compares to countries were weapons are illegal.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/upshot/compare-these-gun-death-rates-the-us-is-in-a-different-world.html?_r=0

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David B. Grinberg Hace 6 d · #2

Kudos on speaking out, Randy, on this unpleasant and painstaking issue. At the risk of being bombarded with criticism by some, I will note that all citizens of goodwill should be mindful of their Second Amendment rights to protect themselves and their families, as necessary and appropriate. Don't allow yourself to be a helpless victim. Rather, remain vigilant and mindful. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Frankly, while I'm at it, I think the President Obama sent a bad message by commuting the sentences of the most convicted criminals of any American President in history. We need to get more tough on crime by fighting back, which is a useful deterrent -- rather than being clueless victims of vagrants. Just my 2-cents. Thanks for considering this.

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Brian McKenzie Hace 7 d · #1

I never left the house without a gun when I lived in America. Ruger SP101 5 shot hammerless .38/.357 always in my front pocket harness. Always. No exceptions. Criminals do not care for the law. Police care only about protocol. If you want personal safety and protection - it is your own responsibility - ALWAYS.

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