Hound street gangs out of existence

Chicago suffers from “a disease of the soul and spirit — the wanton shooting and killing of human beings on a daily basis,” writes a Sun-Times reader. | Sun-Times Media

Gang members are dealt with by the justice system only when they are caught in the act of shooting. Something has to change.

It should be obvious to everyone that marches and prayers have had no impact on a disease that is wreaking havoc in the inner cities of America, especially Chicago. I am speaking about a disease of the soul and spirit — the wanton shooting and killing of human beings on a daily basis.

Various strategies deployed to prevent the shootings and killings have not worked. Gang members are dealt with by the justice system only when they are caught in the act of shooting. Something has to change. Providing more jobs and eliminating poverty will take years.

Legislation to make membership in a gang illegal is needed. Until this happens, known gang members who have shunned jobs, schooling and counseling should be harassed, hounded and picked up on a regular basis.

Ned L. McCray, Tinley Park

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