Community Group Asks Chicago’s Gangs To Stop Shooting

A community group recently asked Chicago’s notorious gangs to refrain from shooting during daylight hours. One could only question whether these gangs –- not known for following the law — would listen to the community group.

Native Sons, a community group based in Rogers Park, pleaded for the gangs to stop pulling the trigger between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to save the crime-riddled city, according to the Post Millennial.

“We have to start somewhere,” Native Sons co-founder, Tatiana Atkins, told CWBChicago. “Our goal is to approach our city’s gun violence problem strategically and not all at once. Things didn’t become this way overnight, and change won’t happen overnight.”

“Under this ordinance, we ask that people stop associating with and glorifying’ shooters,’ stop glorifying ‘switches,’ and stop wearing those ski masks everywhere which perpetuates you as some ‘opp,’” Atkins added, as reported by the Blaze. “When those who live a certain lifestyle try to hang with ‘regular’ class citizens, they put everyone at risk.”

Atkins suggested for citizens not to leave their homes at a certain time and called on Chicagoans to stop praising gangsters, and for the gangsters to stop hanging out with the citizens.

“If people know that after a certain hour, the likelihood of them being shot by an unknown and unprovoked assailant are at a higher risk,” Atkins said, “they will be less likely to be out and about, and they may become more proactive with the supervision of their children.”

“At the end of the day, five-year-olds are being killed by gun violence, 14-year-olds are being killed by gun violence, 78-year-olds are being killed by gun violence, pregnant women are being killed by gun violence, young boys with bright futures are being killed by gun violence, fathers are being killed by gun violence, and this shouldn’t be happening,” she continued.

Atkins claimed that ending gun violence is not probable. She said the focus should be placed on reducing the risk gangs pose to ordinary citizens.

“We live in a trend society,” she said. “The more media, government officials, and community residents believe in this ordinance and stand behind it, the more likely the people will align with the ordinance.”