In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Last week, four young teens were shot in Brentwood standing outside a home, another teen was shot and killed in downtown Pittsburg, and a man was found shot to death in Antioch. How concerned are you about the recent spate of gun violence in East County? What do you think should be done to make our neighborhoods safer?
OBVIOUSLY, THE CURRENT generation is too quick to resort to gunfire as opposed to past generations that settled its disputes in less violent ways.
One of the dumbest use of gunfire is because of someone is innocently wearing the wrong "colors," creating possible gang responses. Most of the shootings have occurred during night hours. In my opinion only, I think teenagers should be home safe and sound at night instead of out around town, and/or attending some of those huge parties where trouble often starts.
Once again I have to say that effective Neighborhood Watch groups can be one of the effective ways to make neighborhoods safer, but citizens have got to become active in their neighborhoods and stop being apathetic. Police cannot be everywhere all the time. They need the eyes and ears of citizens being alert on their streets. Crime has a residual effect and affects everyone eventually.
SANE PEOPLE DO not need gun control. Sanity in teenagers is controversial. Therefore, we need better gun control.
I'LL TELL YOU what is not the solution: Sending people, children, or anyone to mental health services.
The psychologists and psychiatrist haven't been able to do anything but subscribe psychotropic drugs. Everyone who was a mass murderer was on psych drugs, or was coming off psych drugs, or under the care of psychologists.
If a plumber comes to your house to fix a leak and you end up with a flood, do you continue to engage in his services? Why do we keep thinking that psychologists have the answers when their record is so poor.
The thing to do is put locks on guns. There are fingerprint locks, iris locks, password locks -- anyone of which could be used to ensure that no one but the legally qualified gun owner has access to the gun. There is so much advanced technology for locking people out, yet no one is suggesting it.
If the National Rifle Association is serious about gun rights, they would be pushing for the latest technology to ensure that only the legal owner can use that gun.
HOW COULD ONE not be concerned? This madness comes on the heels of out-of- control home burglaries. My neighborhood has had nine -- that I know of -- attempted break-ins within a three-block radius of me within the last year.
As Rome was not built in a day, Antioch won't redo its house of horrors overnight, but transform we will, brick by brick. Start with pay-for-play fees on property investors to generate cash for replenishing sworn officers and community service personnel.
A daytime student curfew and more truancy sweeps can cut back on break-ins; community policing, additional cameras and a possible shot spotter can't hurt.
AFTER A SPATE of various crimes in our immediate area, we instituted a Neighborhood Watch Program several months ago. Twelve households have signed on and have attended our meetings.
This network is essential as we have become the eyes and ears for the entire three block corridor. Soon, the founder of "Take Back Antioch" will address us.
Another tool we have instituted is "Next Door," a private social network just for our neighborhood.
Our limited police department can only do so much and any help we can offer is a boon for them. They have cooperated with us.
This week's question:
The city of Antioch is looking at the possibility of closing a trail behind Cantanzaro Way in southeast Antioch due to increased burglaries in the area. Are you worried about trails in your neighborhood?
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