Friday, January 13, 2012

New Anti Gun Rights Study... Number of Homicides In 10 to 24 Year Old Group Distorted Once Again


An anti-gun rights organization released their spin on a study regarding murder rates of 10 to 24 year olds in California. But, there is a disproportionate number of gang members included. What their spin omitted was the fact that the ten top counties for youth homicides in California are the hottest areas of the state's gang activity. And, even more relevant, how does any anti-gun rights group propose to disarm gang-bangers? There is no answer to that. But, there's plenty of propaganda.  

They listed the ten top California counties by homicide rate in the 10 to 24 year old group. Interestingly enough, gang members fall into the age group of 12 to 24 years old. And, these are the most violent youth. Their study showed that there are huge disparities between murders in ethnic groups of youth in California. And, the simple reason is that the majority of gang membership is either Hispanic or Black. But, no mention of that fact either. 

The study also shows that there are vast disparities between groups in California where young African-Americans are more than 22 times more likely to be murdered than young whites, and young Hispanics are more than 5 times more likely to be murdered than young whites. However, the majority of gang members are either African American or Hispanic. There are the Crips, Bloods, Mara Salvatrucha "MS 13", Norentos, Surentos, Nuestra Familia and other similarly named thugs.  


The top 10 counties with each county's corresponding homicide victimization rate for its population of Californians ages 10 to 24 are:
1) Monterey County, 24.36 per 100,000
2) Alameda County, 18.41 per 100,000
3) San Joaquin County, 18.36 per 100,000
4) Tulare County, 18.06 per 100,000
5) Merced County, 13.44 per 100,000
6) Contra Costa County, 12.94 per 100,000
7) Fresno County, 11.61 per 100,000
8) San Francisco County, 11.52 per 100,000
9) Madera County, 11.39 per 100,000
10) Los Angeles County, 11.35 per 100,000

However, here are the facts of the gangs active in those same 10 counties. 

1) Monterey County, 24.36 per 100,000 

31 % of the county's population is under age 19. 1 
There are an estimated 5,000 gang members or associates in Monterey County. 2
3,500 live in Salinas, California. 2 
Many of these gang members are associated with the Mexican Mafia 2

2.  Alameda County 18.41 per 100,000

Gang activity has reached such a high level that Alameda County has taken  steps to fight a losing battle with youth gangs. 
a. Alameda County probationers with “gang” status security levels are to be fitted with Global Positioning System devices. 3 
b. The Superior Court issued an injunction against the "North Side Organization' gang. 4
The Injunctions created so called "Safe Zones." There is a $1,000 fine per injunction violation. The restrictions include: 
  • Do not associate with other enjoined gang members in public (see proposed order for exceptions).
  • Do no confront, intimidate or assault witnesses.
  • Do not possess firearms or dangerous weapons.
  • Stay away from drugs.
  • No trespassing.
  • No gang recruitment.
  • Follow time restrictions

3) San Joaquin County, 18.36 per 100,000 

There are 19 Asian gangs, 9 Mexican Gangs, and 3 black gangs in Stockton, alone.  5 

4) Tulare County, 18.06 per 100,000 

There are 4,893 gang members and 120 known gangs in Tulare County. 6 
Tulare County Gangs include:
a. Norentos
b. Surentos
c. Asian gangs affiliated with the Crips and Bloods
d. Skinheads

5) Merced County, 13.44 per 100,000 

In a county with an estimated population of 255,250, there are about 5,627 of those people are documented gang members. The Merced Multi-Agency Gang Task Force says that 2% of the county's population are gang members. 7 

6) Contra Costa County, 12.94 per 100,000 

Gangs in Contra Costa County include:
a. Sureno 13 with affiliates including MS13
b. Norteno 
c. 8 Asian Gangs
d. 8 White Supremacist gangs including "Aryan Nation" 

7) Fresno County, 11.61 per 100,000

Fresno County is home to 3 percent of the nation's total gang membership.  
There are over 24,000 validated gang members residing in Fresno County. 10

Civil Injunctions have been issued against these Fresno gangs declaring Public Safety Zones: 11
 Sanger Chakla, Fresno Parkside Bulldogs, Fresno Modoc Boys, Orange Cove VOCR/OCS, Fresno Dog Pound, and Varrio East Side Reedley (VESR)

8) San Francisco County, 11.52 per 100,000 

 These are the gang statistics for the latest available years. In 2006, San Francisco experienced a total of 799 violent crimes, including 88 homicides.  In 2007, homicides increased by 3 percent in the City of San Francisco, and the city experienced its highest homicide rate in a decade.  These crime rates are largely motivated by gangs. 11

9) Madera County, 11.39 per 100,000 

Gangs that are active in Madera county include: 
a. Nuestra Familia 12
b. Norteno 12c. Suerno 13

The major gangs in the Madera County area continue to be that of Hispanic origin. The majority of gang violence occurred between the Sureno and Norteno gangs; Norteno originally claiming northern California and Sureno originally claiming southern California13

10) Los Angeles County, 11.35 per 100,000

Los Angeles is home to the largest and most established gang population in the country, with over 400 separate gangs and an estimated 39,000 gang members.  In 2007, 216 people lost their lives to gang violence, while over 1,300 people were victims of gang-related shootings. 11  


Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)


1. Gangs- Youth at Risk
2 Monterey County's Comprehensive Violence Prevention, Intervention, Suppression and Reentry Framework Report
3. Alameda County Probation Department 
5. Stockton Police Department
6. Gang Summit Tulare County Sheriff's Department Street Crimes Division
7. Merced Multi-Agency Gang Task Force 
8. Gang Awareness- Sgt Roger Wilson- Contra Costa Sheriff's Office
9. Youth in Gangs: Who Is at Risk?
10. Office of the District Attorney- Multi-Agency Enforcement Consortium
11. Governor's Office of Gang And Youth Violence Policy
12. Sacramento Bee 01/09/2011
13. Madera County Gang Enforcement Task Force

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