The end of gangs begins with "personal responsibility." The first step is for each member of the community to take "personal responsibility" for their neighbors’ safety. If my neighbor got robbed, I would feel "personally responsible." What kind of neighbor am I to let this happen? Should I even be allowed to live in this neighborhood anymore after being the weak link in the community?
Now when it comes to gangs, that is the ultimate slap in the face. A gang of punks dedicated to committing crimes against my neighbors and myself? I don't think so!
I have a great deal of respect for the chief of police and even the district attorney. I know they can't come out and say, "I am very upset with the people of the community for allowing two of my officers to get seriously injured." The fact of the matter is, that's exactly what they should say. When it comes to Oxnard, the people of the city are by far the largest barrier to a gang-free community.
There is blood on all of their hands as long as they keep turning their heads and looking the other way. They blame the police, the newspaper, not enough after-school activities, the family, immigration and rap music, but, in reality, it is the individuals of the community not taking "personal responsibility" for their neighbors’ safety.
— Michael T. Stein, Newbury Park