Sunday, June 29, 2014

NC: Seeking Safety: Armed and Dangerous - Fayetteville struggles to stem the tide of youth gun violence

 Seeking Safety: Armed and Dangerous - Fayetteville struggles to stem the tide of youth gun violence

In his Facebook pictures, Kire McNeil flashes gang symbols and shows off his ink. "Fear no Evil" is tattooed in fancy cursive just below his neckline. Jewelry juts from his ears and under his mouth, his navel and an eyebrow. In one picture, he holds what appears to be a marijuana cigarette.

Kire is a 17-year-old Hope Mills resident with a winning smile and a rap sheet that now includes murder.

Fayetteville police have charged him and four others with killing Pamela Ann Coe, 40, and Isaiah Manuel Sampeur, 25, on Jan. 20 at the former Cambridge Arms apartment complex off McPherson Church Road.

The oldest person charged in the killings is 24; the youngest, 14.

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  1. Found this article in a different place and sent the following to my e-mail group.

    Would You Shoot a Yoot?

    Anyone that has seen the movie My Cousin Vinny will recognize the term yoot (youth). I recommend the movie if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s a fun watch and if nothing else it’s worth it just to see Marisa Tomei’s performance on the witness stand.

    Back to the subject at hand.

    Many of today’s ‘yoots’ are worse than a baby rattlesnake that can’t control it’s venom. Gang bangers, the wannabe gb’s and the kids that spend endless hours playing first person shooter games seem to have a lack of understanding in what it means to take a human life. This in spite of the game programmers and RAP vocalists telling us that their art form does not promote this type of behavior and lack of morals. Parental guidance or lack thereof plays a huge role in this also. On top of that, pile on all the psychotropic drugs that are being fed to our children in lieu of the aforementioned parental guidance and as a substitute baby sitter or so that teachers can cope with darling little Johnny.

    None of us can imagine wanting to shoot what amounts to a child and just thinking about it is depressing. Yet in today’s world it is becoming more and more likely as we watch the headlines about school shootings, mall shootings, home break ins and the ever popular Trayvon Martin. You, either as a CCW holder in public or in a home defense situation need to come to grips with the possibility of shooting a young person as to hesitate just may cost you and/or your loved ones their lives. Just make sure that your life TRULY is in danger before you press that trigger, you will only have a split second to decide.

    From today’s headlines is this:

    The youngest in the headline case was 14.

    Somewhere behind enemy lines,
    Peoples Republik of Kommiefornia

    “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company. Gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.” ~ Socrates, 469-399 B. C.

    1. Excellent comment and I posted the piece earlier. Hard to believe we have come full circle from Socrates' time.

  2. That quote from Socrates, just floored me. To think that in his time the same struggles with young people virtually mirror the issues of my childhood. Dare I say that today's issues with our youth are far more dangerous, and indeed deadly!