Here in our county -- 49 gangs with 4,200 members! What can be done? Community centers and gang intervention workers, as they have in San Jose? Programs for at-risk youth to keep kids out of gangs and connect them to counseling and jobs? Both make sense.
Jeff Jardine ("Factions foment war in our town," May 1, Page B-1) put his finger on what can be done by prevention and intervention: "Before a kid gets entrenched in the gang lifestyle parents need to be there for their children instead of leaving a void for gangs to fill."
Where are gang members getting their guns? The 1993 Brady law requiring background checks on most gun sales -- felons, juveniles, those convicted of domestic violence -- have stopped firearms sales from licensed gun dealers. Result: 27 percent decrease in gun deaths. But there's a loophole. At the 4,000 gun shows each year in the United States, anyone can buy a gun from unlicensed persons -- no waiting period or background check. Lawmakers must close this loophole.
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