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Gang violence: Lawmakers need a backbone | Letters

My blood was boiling regarding the article by Andy Hobbs on “gang violence.”

The corrections system and judicial system needs revamping. These gang members do not fear the system that lets them off easy. In fact, it is somewhat prestigious to have been in the “system” and then back out for a life of crime.

What has happened to three strikes and you are out? I wish they would bring back public whipping and hard time.

I think Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Ariz., has the right idea. The offenders there don’t want to go back to his jail. They either move to some place like Federal Way or they don’t offend again.

As long as our current system kowtows to the liberal mindset of easy punishment, the problem will persist. Why do you think gangs are growing in South King County? They don’t fear the system.

Yes there needs to be better education of why it is bad to hurt someone and that it is not right to take what doesn’t belong to you, but that doesn’t always stop a young naive person who knows they will not get punished. Or that they get “gang kudos” for breaking the law and the punishment is less than the reward.

Lawmakers need to get a backbone and give the judicial system some strength to really combat the gang violence in South King County.

Going after the worst of the worst doesn’t really do much because for each gang member taken off the street, another one ore two are recruited. Thus the reason for a “growing problem.”

Tom Konopka, uninc. King County (between Federal Way and Milton)

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