The Following Seven Suggestions Are Offered to Help Address Crimes Committed by Juveniles Under Legal Guardianships:
1. Have intimate and honest talks
with family members about
using guns to resolve conflicts.
2. Encourage immediate and
extended family members who
are using guns to STOP!
3. Explain the danger that will
come to other family members
when any member(s) use guns;
including the harm or possible
death of innocent loved ones
in cases of rival retaliations.
4. This includes how innocent
loved one can become
"unintended" targets when seen
publicly with targeted family
members who use guns.
Remember, That the Value of A Family Unit Is Measured As A Whole and Not By One Member Only.
5. Targeted family members
should consider not being
around loved ones, e.g., at family
outings, in cars, or standing on
corners knowing that they are
being targeted by rivals who will
shoot at them regardless of
whoever may be near them.
6. Legal Guardians should firmly
advise all members to tell the
entire family if any member is
involved in a shooting. This will
help prepare every member for
the unexpected and could keep
danger away from the doorsteps
of the family's home.
7. Guardians should explain fully
to the entire family about the
dangers of keeping secrets from
the family about any members'
involvement with guns or gangs.
Members who are involved
should "man up" and remember
that it was they who chose this
lifestyle and not the innocent
loved ones of their family.