Is anyone surprised that the (suspected) degenerate that killed two Palm Springs police officers was a member of a gang?
Is anyone shocked that this (suspected) executioner was a repeat offender?
Is anyone shocked that the (suspected) killer made it known to his family that he actually wanted to kill police?
Profoundly saddened? Yes. Surprised? No.
There’s a major difference between truth and fiction as it pertains to catastrophes of this nature – and if you are armed with the truth, fearful events like this recent one in Palm Springs will not come as a surprise.
FACTOID # 1: (Suspected) killer John Felix, 26, was a member of a gang.
FACTOID # 2: The FBI’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment discloses that, typically, “48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions” is gang-related. A revelation that is even more disturbing is this number is as high as 90 percent in certain jurisdictions. 90%.
FACTOID # 3: In neighboring jurisdictions, authorities recently assembled to discuss the raising gang bloodshed in Orange and Los Angeles counties. After more than 50 shootings took place in the very first 50 days of the year, Garden Grove Police Chief Todd Elgin said, “Over the last 20 months, gang offense in Orange County has surged in the town of Santa Ana…in Garden Grove, gang assaults have grown by 30 percent within the preceding year.”
FACTOID # 4: Many gangs are sophisticated criminal networks with members who are violent, develop and maintain, and distribute wholesale quantities of substances close working relationships with associates and members of criminal/drug trafficking organizations that are transnational. Gangs are becoming more violent while engaging in lower and typical -risk offense, like prostitution and white-collar crime. Gangs are somewhat opportunistic, organized, innovative, and more adaptable, using advanced and new technology as a way convey discretely, to recruit, target their opponents, and perpetuate their criminal action.
Exactly why is the topic unpopular and considered mostly immaterial when brought up in context of “gun” violence? Is it effective to utilize the straightforward image of a gun rather than the picture of a gang member pointing a gun? GOC considers that talking about criminal behavior makes the gun grabbers uneasy. On the other hand, GOC does not have any difficulty telling it like it is, and we shall continue to take the spotlight OFF the law abiding and shine it ON who’s causing the wrong doing.
FACTOID # 5: Plus, the “daily burglary quota was found after officials made 15 arrests in “a gang-connected burglary ring which they say hit thousands of SoCal houses” and that gang members involved with the burglary ring supposedly “[struck] houses four to five times in a week” and “are guessed of some 5,000 burglaries” in total.
It took eighteen different police departments and “400” person law enforcement staff “three and half years…to trail the burglary suspects back to the ringleaders.”
The loss to the city of Palm Springs is impossible. The shattering loss to the families of the slain officers will continue lifetimes – for their partners, for their kids. Zerebny came from a family that is respected in law enforcement and Vega was a father to eight and was a new mom, just having returned from maternity leave.
These killings are horrible. Malevolent. They make us all cry out in angst in the senseless nature of it all, but it should make us angry as hell, also – because murderers like John Felix are permitted to live among us. It’s time for crime management. Not gun control.