"Buy a gun," a member of a recently busted inner-city gang told The Buffalo News last week when asked what could be done to curtail homicides. "Hey, I'm just being honest. You asked."
Tall and good looking, the young man half smiled, shrugged and seemed to disappear into his oversized winter coat.
Twice the victim of gunfire — a fact a street cop confirmed — the young man said he views self-protection as the best means of avoiding death on the streets.
Criminals do understand risk versus reward. The higher the chance someone they go up against will be able to hurt or kill them, the more risky such robbery or assault is.
On the other hand, knowing that the person they'll go up against will be defenseless...