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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the gun and gang violence continues in the Port City some people want to step up and make a difference.

Law enforcement, clergy and now some in the plagued areas of the city agree community involvement is crucial for change.

Some say they feel like they are in a no-win situation. If they speak up, they run the risk of retaliation. If they stay silent, the cycle continues. But Sherri Ulcak is speaking out because she wants to see an end to the senseless violence.

“It makes me sick to my stomach,” she said.

So she wants others to know how important their voice is.

“To speak and voice your opinion for the safety of your family, it’s OK,” Ulcak said.

The North Carolina Gang Investigators Association, which works all over the state, says arming law enforcement and the community with information is what is going to bring everyone together.

“If you do not have the community on board, you have already lost the fight,” NCGIA’s John-Paul Guarino said.

A fight some wage because it’s all they know.

“A lot of these people don’t necessarily want to be there,” Ulcak said. “They have to be there, and because they have to be there, they become a product of their environment.”

This is why some say education is so vital.

“This county has a phenomenon school system, and with those things, that is the backbone of a community,” Michelle Guarino, of Gang Free NC, said.

A backbone some say parents need.

“Let’s educate these adults raisings these children so they in turn can raise better children,” Ulcak said.

While the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office took part in today’s Gang Awareness Conference, the Wilmington Police Department wrapped up a two-day conference it hosted on bringing peace to the inner cities.

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  • june

    There is well known drug activity on Seabreeze rd. not very hard to locate.

  • The Shogun

    I wish I could trace back the number of guns used in crimes in the city of Wilmington to the GUN AND KNIFE SHOW that’s held every other month at the National Guard Armory. Just pumping more guns continuously on the streets. Hey, there’s another GUN AND KNIFE SHOW coming up this month October 19th-20th. Just in time to put more guns back on the streets.

  • beach guy

    What an uninformed statement. Have you ever bought a gun at a show? they are as thorough as any gun shop and have to be by state federal and local law. These knuckle heads shooting up the streets are using guns acquired illegally. Canceling a gun show will do nothing to stop this the only thing it would accomplish is cutting down on revenue for everyone involved including state federal and local taxes.
    What a weak minded and unintelligent statement. Please all you gun haters need to actually read a law sometime instead of spouting the liberal mantra. Oh By the way shotgun you can trace every gun sold legally in this country back to it’s original salesmen and purchaser. So this is not the problem get it?
    It’s like saying close the ABC stores due to drunk driving or shut down fast food restaurants due to obesity. Or stop selling computers due to poor eyesight close the beach because of skin cancer. how about this one close Lowe’s because of deforestation.
    If we would only enforce the laws we have already a whole bunch of problems would go away like immigration for example but when the President can pick and choose which laws to enforce(which is illegal by the way) what difference will any of it make.

  • Shows are not the problem

    Gun and knife shows are well regulated and closely watched. Each gun vendor must have a federal firearms permit which requires that every handgun transaction be recorded with names, addresses, purchase permit numbers, etc. While technically true that these shows put more guns “on the streets”, the hands in which those guns are placed are by vast majority of law abiding citizens. Guns, like drugs, have a huge black market and are much more readily available through illegal channels than gun and knife shows.

  • Proud Legal Gun Owner

    We have gun laws. It is not the guns, it is the people using them. Get it straight, PLEASE. I am a female gun owner and am very glad I have it for protection. If some criminal decides to do a home invasion in my neighborhood and come to my house, I have a fighting chance and can protect my child. How will you fight back?


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