Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

April 17, 2013

Use of guns by Goshen teens a frightening act

The pictures of four of five suspects in Sunday night’s shooting of three teens in Goshen look more like sophomore yearbook photos than mug shots. We wish they were.

But Goshen police have charged the four teenagers with very serious adult felonies. A fifth teen, just 15-years-old, will go through the juvenile justice system and could also end up being tried as an adult. Collectively the teens face charges of attempted murder, criminal gang activity, assisting a criminal and conspiracy to commit murder.

Our local justice system will sort out the merits of the charges. Until then, what we are concerned with is how a few young people here in Goshen, and many more across the nation, use firearms to inflict violence on their communities.

This use of violence by teens to solve a problem or gain financially crosses all racial lines, genders and backgrounds. One thing all the young people who have been charged in the past all have in common is the conscious, thought-out decision to use violence to intimidate, to wound and to kill.

It’s hard for the average, law-abiding Goshen resident to understand why these types of shootings occur in our ordinarily pleasant community. What makes a teenager decide to join with their friends and obtain a firearm and then drive down the street shooting bullets at other teens in an attempt to kill them? The logic of such short-sighted, dead-end acts always escape us.

What we do know is that young people caught up in violence most often end up being incarcerated for a very long time. The state of Indiana has severe penalties for shooting at someone, whether the perpetrator is a teenager or adult. Even if no one is killed, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges carry penalties of incarceration of decades, perhaps as long as someone’s lifetime. Is such a sentence in a prison in the company of thousands of convicted felons worth a few moments of bravado? We don’t think so, but the heart of the local problem is that for some teenagers such acts are worth the consequences.

And that acceptance of violence by a small percentage of our young people is the problem our community is facing.

We think it is time to delve into this trend toward violence by too many of our young people. A community discussion is needed to first discover why such acts are occurring, and then determine what can be done to reach out to teens at risk of following a path to criminality.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • MAUREEN HAYDEN: 9/11 Commission chair scolds Congress Retired Congressman Lee Hamilton has warned of the perils of political ideology, calling the body where he spent 34 years “noxiously partisan.” Now, he worries the divide is downright dangerous. A co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Hamilton and fell

    July 28, 2014

  • GN140725 fair faces flowers 2 OUR VIEW: Another great fair is in the books Here at The Goshen News there are always mixed feelings when the Elkhart County 4-H Fair concludes for the year. On one hand, we’re as exhausted as anybody. This year’s nine-day event kicked off on July 18 and ran seemingly non-stop until the Mad Bom

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Full STEAM ahead for Fairfield Fairfield Community School students and parents are enjoying their summer holiday and the Elkhart County 4-H Fair this week, but looking ahead to the coming school year, there are big decisions to be made that will impact their lives.The school board

    July 26, 2014

  • MORTON MARCUS: Tax simplification in Indiana no simple matter The Governor and his select invitees to his closed tax conference last month praised simplifying Indiana’s tax code. It is an idea better loved by Americans than baseball, apple, pie or motherhood.There is no question that our national and state tax

    July 23, 2014

  • Rep. Kubacki still on a mission INDIANAPOLIS State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki had plans for her return to the General Assembly next January.The two-term Republican from Kosciusko County wanted to exert “full force” to roll back a law that prevents the children of undocumented immigrants

    July 21, 2014

  • Setting up the'LeBron Bayh' comeback saga INDIANAPOLIS — This could be the saga of “LeBron Bayh.”Like a thunderhead brewing in the distance, you could see this one coming. This was the progression: former state Democratic Dan Parker announces he will not become a candidate for mayor of India

    July 20, 2014

  • Maybe parks need to be watched 24/7 It was disturbing news last week when Goshen park officials found Rogers Park had suffered $5,000 in damage at the hand of vandals. Since vandalism is an ongoing problem in the city’s parks, we think it is time to elevate the conversation about findi

    July 20, 2014

  • Community gets behind try-athlon Saturday was another great day in Goshen. The 10th annual Kids’ Try-athlon came off with a bang. It is one of the signature events of the Goshen Parks and Recreation program, and appears to get bigger and better each year. This year, 360 kids from ag

    July 17, 2014

  • Let's go 'all-in' for 4-H fair's food drive Elkhart County is “all-in” for the upcoming food drive record attempt at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.Fair organizers want the food drive to set a new Guinness Book of World Records mark for the most pounds of food collected during a one-day food driv

    July 16, 2014

  • GN140710 kosciusko county fair 12 OUR VIEW: 4-H is the foundation of local fairs Has it been a year already? It doesn’t seem too long ago when the crunching of metal and the whiff of overheating radiators from the annual Demolition Derby drew the curtain on the 2013 Elkhart County 4-H fair, one of the best-attended editions in lo

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Poll

With military action and tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Israel and Palestine, are you worried that the U.S. and other nations may get drawn into these conflicts?

Yes, it is a great concern of mine
I’m a little worried, but not too much
No, I’m not worried at all
     View Results