Community members discuss concerns over growing gun violence

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Submitted: Tue, 07/09/2013 - 3:53am
Updated: Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:30pm

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WWAY) — After several weeks of violence and numerous shootings, community members rally together to end violence in their neighborhoods.

Residents living in Precinct W29 met for their monthly meeting Monday to discuss a number of issues including the recent spike of violence.

“There are a lot of issues going on. It’s not unique to Wilmington. It’s clearly a societal issues that we need to step up and address together,” said Ralph Evangelous, Wilmington Police Chief.

Evangelous entertained dozens of questions from concerned community members about the rising gang and gun violence that now plagues their communities.

“They wanted to know what they can do and I told them to provide us the information,” said Evangelous.

Residents say they are tired of watching their neighborhoods decline because of a lack of leadership and parental involvement.

“A lot of kids aren’t brought up with good morals. It’s kids raising kids and that factor is dangerous,” said Tom Attwood.

Police say even though we have seen an increase in crime in some areas, the news isn’t totally grim here in the Port City.

“The rest of the city is having historic crime reductions,” said Evangelous.

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2015 years 8 months ago

curfews only work when the parents are held accountable for the child’s whereabouts.

Let them deal with that. Know where your child is or face some jail time. Real simple — exceptions for school issued passes for after hours activities such as sporting events; be home within 1 hour of the event’s end. Employer issued passes showing work hours; be home within 60 minutes of getting off work.

Enforce it rigidly. No exceptions; no mealey mouth — “but he’s a good boy who helps old people”.

2015 years 8 months ago

….. It’s a cultural and community problem.

Enough political correctness already. Time to say it like it is. This problem is the direct result of members of this troubled community simply not taking responsibility for their own business.
– Teenagers roaming the streets till whenever they choose.
– A casual cultural tolerance towards crime.
– No talking to police because that’s not cool or whatever.
– Public housing being trashed.
– Public housing residents tolerating known criminals in their midst.
– Families tolerating known criminals in their homes.
– A culture that thinks in terms of “baby daddy” instead of “father”.
– A community with a statistically higher rate of unwed or single mothers.
– Pious Bible thumpers who hide behind their Bibles and tell everyone “only God can judge” so that they can absolve themselves from any responsibility or, quite frankly, guilt.
– Angry community posters who respond to condemnation by blaming every community indiscretion on anything and everyone other than themselves or their community’s lack of responsibility for their own; yet once again, a mechanism to avoid feeling personally guilty about something they’re integrally a part of.
– A community culture that to some extent embraces music based on the concept of disrespect towards women, criminal activity, violence against any authority and murder.
– Blaming schools for the massive failure of education in their community when others going to the very same schools are doing just fine.

Is everyone in the community like that? Absolutely not. Those who aren’t; they’re living a life other than what they would choose to live. Unfortunately for them, if they don’t stand up and try even harder to make a difference; they’re basically screwed.

Are too many members of this community like that? Yep. If that wasn’t the case things would be better than they presently are and they’re not. Facts are facts.

The rest of the city is having a historic crime reduction. This community is not. That’s because this community, for the most part, isn’t trying hard enough to fix itself. That’s not anyone’s problem but their own. To put it bluntly, it’s their own fault.

I don’t normally write stuff quite like this. I’m not a prejudicial kind of guy but I am pragmatic. I just felt it was time, for better or worse, to express my opinion. I’m aware of the fact that I might be getting some negative “community” backwash from this as well as some stupid comments from some idiot, hateful bigots. That’s to be expected. Regardless, I’ll be sticking to my own opinion and also not replying to any posts.

2015 years 8 months ago

There is an easy solution, form a perimeter around the problem area, leave an ample supply of guns and ammo inside the perimeter, let them eliminate themselves, cheapest way out, we do it all over the world, we pick who we want to be over thrown and supply the other side that is willing to do our wills, works like a charm, will here too.

Mr. America
2015 years 8 months ago

I feel as if the upper brass of law enforcement of this community and the county and city commissioners are COMPLETELY FAILING US TAX PAYERS! You want to see immediate change to the violence in these areas??? Ok then why don’t “we” “the community””the tax payer” force the chief of police,the sheriff, the county/city commissioners as well as our judge’s to take up immediate residency in these areas with their families.. Let’s see how fast things will change overnight to keep their families safe….

2015 years 8 months ago

Well spoken, ChefnSurf.

The number one crime problem is caused by teenage girls who have children they have no intention of raising properly. They themselves would not know the meaning of proper child rearing.

These baby mama and baby daddy’s children grow up to be undisciplined, irresponsible,delinquent drains on our society. And they are the ones who commit the most violent street crimes.

We all know who to fear when we walk down a street in the historic district after dark. We know all too well.