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How Did These Get Here?

Shakims-sign1“You got shot cause you knock, knock, knock, who’s there? Another mothaphuckin hard rock.” Brooklyn’s Zoo, Old Dirty Bastard

Everywhere you turn and look in our inner-city neighborhoods you constantly hear about the crime and violence on the rise. It’s even in the suburbs. Turn on the radio or TV to the news and you have 14, 15, 16 and 17-year-old teenagers shooting and killing each other- black on black, Hispanic on Hispanic, white on white, this color on the next, kids killing kids, adults, humans. Where are all these guns coming from? And how did they get into our neighborhoods to get in the hands of people who shouldn’t be armed with them in the first place? Ask yourself- How Did These Get Here?

Ruger, Taurus, Colt, Beretta, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Grendel, Llama, Ingram, Coloray, Intertec, Heckle & Koch, Sig Sauer, Browning, High Point, AMT, AK, SKS, Uzi, Desert Eagle- amongst other gun manufacturers know how to target their consumers. These guns are easily found in our hoods across the United States and the government is talking about toughening up gun laws?  Yeah, right.

No matter how tough these laws get it won’t stop firearms from being in our hoods. Just take a look at our neighborhood, how notorious and dangerous the streets are nowadays. Everybody is either carrying or has access to one. So you are going to be the only dummy that does not have one? You know better, so fuck gun laws. My life and my family mean more.

With these feds laws you can get five years being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, Seven years for brandishing, Ten years for firing, Twenty-five additional years for every other firearm count, even if it is related to the first count itself. They are still adding that twenty-five for each count after the first count. Knowing all this would that stop people from carrying or using firearms? No.

Ask that judge before sentencing, ask him where is he from? What kind of neighborhood or environment does he come from? Would he walk in your neighborhood without a gun? Will he even go there? So why does he expect you to do so? Who’s going to protect you and your family? Your business? Your property? Who? You have the right to bear arms, right?

Let’s take a walk inside the neighborhoods and see how easy it is to get a firearm or find someone with one. They go by so many different names, aliases and titles, but it all means the same shit.

“Gun, pistol, arms, gat, burner, equalizer, blam blam, toolie, blickie, piece, iron, plastic, ratchet, heater, banger, biscuit, steel, joint, rod, mag, squirter, power, God U Now, platinum, John, tall up, chopper, hammer, do-wop, Nina, tray pound, four fifth, trey eight, forty, deuce-deuce, trey deuce, deuce pound and other spectacular and extravagant hood names. They even come in all ages and numbers- 9, 10, 22, 25, 32, 28, 45, 50 and even other numbers unknown to me.

Some in excellent shape, others just barely making it. Some with the tape around the handle, some fresh out the box. Some old, some brand spanking new. Others older than you and I. All in the hood for the same goal- to kill me and kill you, by me and by you. How Did These Get Here?

Don’t get your head blown off or catch shots to your body. There’s a war going on outside- War in Iraq, War in Libya, War in Afghanistan, War on Drugs, War on Terrorism, War right here on US soil, in our very own turf, terrorizing our streets, dressed in baggy jeans, skinny jeans, urban wear or business suits, policing our streets and I mean policing as in “to control, regulate, keep in order” not police as in the police force protector of law. They have military assault rifles with extended clips, government issued firearms and ammunition. They are not using them to fight crime. They are using them to commit crimes. How Did These Get Here?

Country to country, state to state, city to city, street to street, county town to city to county, project to project, into all communities. All dodging bullets or shooting bullets. We are forced to protect ourselves, if we don’t who will? Where did these weapons come from? How do these firearm manufacturers get their product in these poor areas where just about anyone can get their hands on them? How is this even possible? Who is to blame?

When someone loses their loved ones, their son, their daughter, their baby, their parent, husband, wife, uncle, aunt, cousin, brother, sister- don’t blame the shooter. How did that gun get in their hands? Ask the judge that, ask the prosecutors, ask the mayor, the police chief, ask the manufacturers, ask the government, ask yourself-

We need the answer. How Did These Get Here?


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