Saturday, April 03, 2010

Hey, wait a minute!

Something's not quite right here!

Rowan Tower has a bad reputation. Gangs walk the streets nearby, and police are a constant, and some say ineffective, presence at the 15-story apartment building a stone's throw from the Statehouse's golden dome.
The reported gang rape of a 7-year-old girl who police say was offered for sale by her 15-year-old stepsister to a group of grown men has shocked residents and put them in a quandary. If they identify the men responsible, they risk violent retaliation from the street gangs that stalk the neighborhood.
"We are mothers," said tenant Shawntel Abner. "If we aren't here, there is no one to watch our children. You are asking a lot of us. You are asking us to put our lives on the line."
What's that, you ask? Well, the anti-gunners tell us all the time that we don't need guns, and the police will protect us. Yet here these people are, being intimidated with threats of injury and/or death, and the police are pretty much powerless to do a damn thing to help that little girl. And New Jersey is the American anti-gunner's paradise, perhaps the second-most-anti-self-defense state in the country after Massachusetts. Some paradise, isn't it? I realize that there are more factors at play here, but the fact is that not only are the police powerless to do anything, but those people living under the gang's ruthless watch can't do anything to protect themselves from reprisals if they do the right thing. And, well, that just isn't right.