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Date Posted: 02:22:57 08/26/13 Mon
Author: Joe Rizoli (Hopefull)
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Subject: Fixing "Domestic" Terrorism

OUR OPINION: Domestic terrorism demands hometown solutions


Public officials and hundreds of city residents met this week to attempt to make some sense of what feels like escalating, vicious violence on our city streets.

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz called the situation “domestic terrorism.” And perhaps it is.

People in their homes and on hometown streets are being terrorized by recurring waves of murder and mayhem like the bloom of violence that has spread a deadly cloud across the city this last month of summer 2013.

Mayor Linda Balzotti’s emotional response to the two murders in a 14-hour period was to say she was “heartsick.”

There can be no human being worth the name who isn’t “heartsick” over the horrendous deaths of two people this week in Brockton.

Nor should there be a citizen of this city who isn’t disturbed and distraught at the knowledge that nine men, aged 18 to 74, have been violently slain since Jan. 1, 2013.

However, Balzotti is more than a lifelong resident of Brockton. She is the city’s chief executive, and residents look to her for something other than comfort and reassurance.

They need and deserve extraordinary leadership and specific plans of action to focus on the root causes of seemingly casual violence that threatens to make this year the bloodiest in recent history. They need creative problem solving and alternative solutions. From her. From Chief of Police Emmanuel Gomes. From DA Cruz. From the City Council. And from community leaders and citizens.

This is not a problem that was created in a vacuum. And it can’t be addressed by any one arm of government in isolation.

“What I’m hearing is a lot of ‘This is what we’ve been doing; this is all the efforts that we’re making,’ but I’m not hearing ‘This is what we’re changing,’” said Necy Lopes, one of the youngest residents to speak at Thursday night’s meeting.

Chief Gomes, along with Cruz and Balzotti, rightfully reminded residents of the significant collaborative law enforcement efforts that have been ongoing in the city. Much has been done to address underlying criminal activities related to drugs, to gangs and to human trafficking.

New technology as well as old-fashioned, pavement-pounding police work has resulted in dozens of arrests in huge sweeps and small actions.

But, as Ms. Lopes pointed out, that has not been enough.

Many of those arrested in these ongoing efforts are almost immediately back on the streets to re-offend, and often escalate, their anti-social behavior. That’s a problem tougher judges and stronger court action might address.

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Root causes? How about the entertainment kids watch and even adults. Extremely violent movies just coming out depicting mayhem, blood lust all brought to you from the movie industry. VIOLENT video games even worse that the movies. Men on drugs such as steroids that are KNOWN to cause rage in people. Courts that favor WOMEN most of the time giving men an unequal footing in the gender wars and children. There are No adult males as role models for kids in their lives because the courts throw all the men in jail for nonsense.

Blame it on yourselves. Where do we start? Get rid of the domestic violence clubs and put people that work there that have common sense and that don't belong from the get-go in the men haters club. Get retired or married happy couples or grand parents that are role models for single parent kids and dads and women themselves. Have them run these organizations and work there. Have strong male mentors for the men as examples of happy families and not the psychopaths that run the court systems and woman agencies. How's that for a start

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