Judith isn’t taking the surge in Gang violence seriously – taking it seriously would require an actual understanding of why this gang violence is escalating – she doesn’t understand that hence her solution is nothing more than ‘enough is enough’.
The real problem with National’s tough on gang bullshit is that they have spent decades crying wolf over the domestic gangs so that when an actual wolf in the form of the 501 syndicates turn up National’s message is meaningless.
Let me be as clear as I can for my fellow New Zealanders. I know you think you know crime, I’m certain you think you know the Mongrel Mob, Black Power, Head Hunters etc etc are bad. You’ve had dick head politicians pretending that our domestic gangs were some major danger to society.
Which is bullshit.
The domestic gangs have come about through alienation, poverty and cultural resentment. To conflate them to serious organised crime misdiagnoses the problem.
What is happening now is an unprecedented moment in the NZ crime landscape.
501s bringing a level of violence from the Australian underworld into NZ has created a vast power struggle between the domestic gangs and the 501 syndicates. The syndicates have Mexican cartel contacts and this is what has sparked a meth price and turf war.
Allowing the South American Cartels ANYWHERE near us is extremely dangerous.
NZ is the sleepy Shire, the South American Cartels are the Nazgul. Allowing the Nazgul to set up a local store in the weekend organic Hobbit Farmers Market doesn’t bode well for the Hobbits.
What the Left must not miss sight of in National’s dog whistling over Gangs is that while they live in nice suburbs, many working class and beneficiaries do not and their fear of the gangs are legitimate.
Sure, National are manipulating that fear, but it’s a real fear.
There must be a multi pronged response to get the Cartels out of here. They bring with them an uber violence and sophistication of corruption outside the scope of our experience.
We stop this now or we will become irreparably corrupted.
There needs to be a sit down with the Police hierarchy and domestic gangs to work together to remove the 501 syndicates.
The Police form a heavily armed and protected unit who hunt those syndicates.
Special prison wings created for the 501s with long term rehabilitation programs alongside long sentences.
Curtail demand by legalizing Cannabis & MDMA while making LSD, mushrooms and Ketamine prescription micro dosing.
Deal with the current meth epidemic by spending a billion each year on 14 month rehabilitation programs for those addicted to meth.
We have to heal the addicted, ruthlessly punish the syndicates and curtail demand by legalizing other drugs.
We must do everything to keep the Cartels out, watering down demand, eliminating market share and locking up franchisees are our best bet.
National will hold up any innocent prison killed in the cross fire of warring gang factions and have the country demanding paramilitary police squads.
This will start becoming a major political problem if some new thinking isn’t urgently brought in.
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