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    • Kelvin Wade

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    • March 14, 2015 in Columnists

    Fight the real terror threat here

    What kind of madness is this? This past Monday, 30-year-old Chyemil Pierce picked up her 7 year old son and 9-year-old daughter from daycare and was walking them home when two groups ahead of her got into an altercation in front of a known drug house. When bullets started flying Chyemil yelled at her children to run. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the two kids ran around the side of their house and hid. Pierce wasn’t so lucky. She was struck in the back of the head by a stray bullet and killed.

    A 19-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged with murder.

    Here’s a woman who was doing everything right. She was a religious woman who worked in human resources for Kaiser Permanente with three children. Fortunately, her 1 year old wasn’t with her at the time of the shooting. It was 4:45 p.m. What does it say when a mother can’t even walk her children home without having to shield them from danger and losing her life in the process?

    The first call to police about the fight came in at 4:32pm. Police arrived on the scene at 4:48 pm. Sixteen minutes? That’s the best they could do for an area known to have problems? Actually, the dispatcher didn’t even dispatch police until 4:45! A police spokesman said they don’t always respond to calls about fights. But when they heard there was gunfire, they were there in three minutes.

    We need a priority shift in this country. We’re fighting the wrong war on terror. It’s unfathomable that we went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan to the tune of $4 trillion according to U.S. News & World Report. And today we bomb targets in Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Somalia. While ISIS gets the headlines with it’s brutal killings, they’re no existential threat to us. Since 9/11, we’ve dropped an ungodly amount of ordnance, killed over 100,000 people, maimed thousands of our own troops and lost some of the best soldiers the country had to offer in the war on terror.

    It all stems from losing 3,000 people on that hellacious September day. But hell, we kill 3,000 Americans with guns on our streets in four months. Where’s the war on that? Where are the Reaper drones over our cities? The terror is on our streets.

    The odds of a mother in Oakland being killed by ISIS is probably a little higher than the chance of her being killed by a friggin’ unicorn. A punk squeezing a trigger in your vicinity is far more likely than an Al Qaeda operative killing you or your loved ones.

    I’m not saying we have nothing to fear from these radical Islamist terror groups. We definitely have to make sure they never get their hands on weapons of mass destruction. But if a suicide bomber shows up in San Francisco and blows himself up and kills thirty people, is that going to be worse than the 32 Seung-Hui Cho killed with two handguns at Virginia Tech in 2007? We kill Americans every day in this country.

    We had a terror attack in Oakland this past Monday when ear witnesses say they heard between 50-100 shots fired in broad daylight resulting in a woman dead and two others wounded. With bullets flying, kids ducking, residents hitting the floor of their homes, tell me that wasn’t a terror attack! It’s an American city, not Fallujah!

    And in the aftermath, I don’t understand why the streets of Oakland haven’t been filled with protestors. Aren’t you outraged? Aren’t you pissed? If the police had killed Chyemil Pierce, the protests would be on and poppin’. We saw night after night of hundreds of protestors in Oakland in solidarity with Ferguson last year. We saw people turn out coast to coast to exercise their First Amendment rights in protest and I’m not mad at ‘em. But how do we go on like nothing happened after a mother was shot in the head trying to protect her children in broad daylight?

    I’m not trying to bash any activists or self-appointed leaders. This is bigger than personalities or cheap political points. I don’t like protest for protest’s sake. A protest should have an objective. Some residents of Oakland are asking for federal law enforcement to come in and police the city since the city police are overwhelmed. Maybe that’s the answer. Maybe having enough police that they can actually respond to a call about a fight between two groups instead of waiting for gunfire will save lives. If the dispatchers had dispatched police, Chyemil Pierce and her children would come walking up to squad cars breaking up a fight.

    Neighbors say they’ve been calling police about the drug house for over six months. Police raided it last November, but the house continues to be a problem. The chilling thing is the more residents don’t feel the police can protect them, the more people are going to start carrying guns to defend themselves. More guns equal more problems. But how can you blame them if the police aren’t coming until bullets are flying? What has to be done to wake us up? Perhaps neighbors will get so fed up over these senseless killings and fights that they’ll burn that drug house to the ground with the thugs inside it.

    Hey, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and other countries in the middle east, you have militaries. Why can’t they handle the cancer that is ISIS without us having to carry the load? We’ve got our own fight. How about we spend our money protecting our own here at home? How about we do whatever it takes to make streets safe for moms to walk their children home from daycare? That’s a war I can get behind.


      • Madgew

      • March 14, 2015 at 10:24 am
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      I have become a real isolationist. I was at a public high school that I go tome ery Wednesday. Altercation in leadership class which is before our program. Took security over 30 minutes to respond while teachers tried to quell the madness. Also a sub station of LAPD on a corner of the campus. The teacher is helpless as he can’t youth or break up anything but they are free to yell and carry on and threaten and in some cases throw a punch without teacher fighting back. In this case it was a verbal shouting match with kids standing in tables and threatening. Thank goodness the perpetrator didn’t have a gun because he was do out of control and disrespectful to the teachers trying to help it was scary and so disappointing. It was leadership class and they are suppose to be the future leaders.


        • Kelvin

        • March 14, 2015 at 10:42 am
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        That is really scary. And it’s chilling that it happenEd during a leadership class. I think it gets worse before it gets better.


      • Madgew

      • March 14, 2015 at 10:27 am
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      Excuse spelling errors. Teacher can’t touch students for any reason. This teacher is loved by his students and has not had this happen in one of his lass rooms in decades shook us all to our core.



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