I just recently had a chance to
view KGUN's segment on Public Sex in Tucson
I am a Tucson
resident, a lawyer and I have 2 girls, age 9 and 10. I am president
of my children's elementary school parent teacher
organization. I found the report on sex in the parks
sensationalistic and lacking in substance.
I was a social worker many years ago
where I specialized in street kids. That job brought me in close
contact with the young male prostitute population and the gay
community. I also worked as a teacher at a police academy
and also taught criminal justice at the junior college level. In the
absence of those experiences I probably would have simply been
struck by fear and hid my children or refused to take them to the
park after viewing your piece.
The fact of the matter is there is
very little record/evidence of children either seeing or being
exposed to improper sex acts in public. To the extent that sexual
offenders generally expose themselves literally or figuratively to
minors, that class of offender is neither gay nor straight per se
but is a pedophile. A pedophile has very little in common with gay
men or female prostitutes. (Which by the way although the
piece mentioned women as being party to this
behavior their entire focus was on men. I am extrapolating
that they were referring to prostitutes.)
My experience in these matters is
that most folks will react with hostility towards gay men after
viewing this. That is the result of `the reporter pushing the
fear button on the public. While the behavior described in the
segment is foolishly risky and should be discouraged, it is also
inflammatory and I believe in this case unnecessarily
Just a few weeks ago, my fiance and I
were on 4th Avenue walking when a group of men yelled out "faggots"
at a group of young men outside what I now know to be a gay bar. A
violent altercation ensued.
Since moving to Arizona a
year ago I have heard many vile remarks about Blacks,
Mexicans and gays. The level of intolerance and even hatred is
such that I fear a backlash for gay men resulting from the
The Star recently reported that
a group of armed men shot up a van of illegal immigrants,
killing the driver and wounding an 11 year old boy.
Perhaps that would have happened no matter what but it seems to me
that the recent wave of public condemnation of Mexican immigrants
probably seeded the ground from which such violence sprang.
I would hope that media would do a
better job of researching and reporting events without the
sensationalistic twists that serve no legitimate purpose to the
Gun Control by Ken Goldberg
Let me say in my own
defense that I am no scholar. No radio God. I struggle to be
articulate and understood. I am an excellent trial lawyer and
handgun instructor. But I can't manage my personal affairs. I have
been married 2 times, both wives were lovely people. My 2nd wife is
the smartest, kindest person I have ever known. The day we split
should go down as the stupidest moment of my life, in a life filled
with stupid moments.
I am poorly educated. I dropped out of high
school at age 16. after 4 years, 2 Chicago public high schools,
1boarding and 1commuter school I was still a junior and wasn't
making a lot of headway. I attended one college class in my life. to
finish law school required a variety of tutors.
I was a bona fide
criminal as a teen ager. I committed the crimes of burglary and drug
sales hundreds of times. I gleefully transformed my innocent friends
into drug abusers, which was what we all did for each other in 1967.
I rallied against the war in Vietnam. I was a hippie gangster.
meant no harm to others. society saw me as a criminal. I saw myself
as a capitalist. My perception of self differed from others. maybe
because I was battered as a child. I am short-tempered and have no
tolerance for bullies, none, zip!
So I am a ruff tuff, cream
puff. I am yin and yang. I am good and I am bad. I fear talking
about myself on the air because I fear rejection from all the
listeners I never even met. Yet , I have looked down the barrel of a
loaded pistol and advised the holder of the weapon that I would
terminate them if they failed to terminate me. So, I am fearful and
fearless. I can be quite courageous and quite cowardly.
believe in any form of gun control? Nothing is simple, much less
people. So how do we simplify an issue like gun control. I want to
talk about the use of deadly force. I want to talk about unlawful
search and seizure. I want everyone to agree with me. But as I have
said on this show before, hardly anyone agrees with me.
Now I am
going to go off on a tangent. I do this show because my veiwpoint is
not represented in the media. My wanna-be advocates say that the
problem isn't guns but it is that federal prosecutors don't
prosecute enough gun cases. But see, I don't need government to fix
the problem of too much government. Gun control measures will not be
thwarted by more reliance on government.
I don't believe there is
an unassailable right to keep and bear arms. I don't believe that
the drafters of the constitution would counsel against reasonable
restraints on firearms in the midst of our present crisis.
not talking about my right to have guns. I am talking about my
rights being saddled with responsibility. I believe in
accountability. Citizenship is not an insular event. By definition
it is participation in a larger community. But every time the issue
of responsibility comes along everyone hides behind the skirts of
the 2nd amendment. this ain't your momma. this is adulthood. We got
a right to work, and pray. but you can't hold a church service in
the middle of the street with traffic. You can't work where you
Every action has a reaction. Every gift has a
cost. every blessing has its burden. This is a time of spiritual
crisis in our country. this is a time of spiritual bankruptcy. there
is a deep divide between the haves and the have nots. And we flock
like sheep to spend our money with Walmart while giving lip service
to entrepreneurial individuals. We abandon our community hardware
stores so we can enjoy the convenience of Home Depot. We want the
best, demand the best but will pay the least.
Last segment of
show, Ken offered the following; If our country went for a doctor's
exam it would be diagnosed with a plethora of physical and mental
illness. The good Dr. would do well to prescribe an abundance of
antibiotics, anti-psychotic and anti-depressants. we manifest
symptoms of serious schizophrenia and heart disease. This is no time
to tuff it out. We are past the point of aspirin. A study of rats
conducted years ago showed that as the available room for movement
was limited and the community enlarged, the rats became increasingly
anti-social. So too are our urban environments causing anti-social
behavior in humans. The frontier days are gone. So get ready to
arrest the fever and attack the infection. Take your medicine like
For most of us in the gun community that may mean we
maybe need to compromise. Maybe if we want to reduce the
polarization with our fellow Americans we can take a prescription
for personal accountability. Maybe we can quit creating gun bazaars
and then refusing to acknowledge that we create an inviting arena
for bad people to circumvent any controls on their access to guns.
This isn't about the casual exchange of firearms in our little town.
This is about the overnight creation of a super gun store in the
middle of a big city, that folds up its tent at the end of the day
and dissolves into the mist.
Like I said I am no scholar and my
personal life is a mess. And I love my guns. But I don't have a
problem with knowing who I give a gun to. I don't need an absolute
right to sell or give my gun away. As long as there is a legitimate
market for my weapons, I need not rely upon the kindness of others
for the disposal of my weapons.. You can argue for unfettered
constitutional rights, but you can't yell fire in a theatre. No
right is absolute when it conflicts with the right I have to pursue
life liberty and happiness.
What right is served by an
unregulated stream of firearm sales? what harm would come of some
regulation of the secondary market place? Forget that the gun
control people want to take away the guns and that this is a
movement towards the center where the liberal lurks in darkness
waiting to take our guns. We aren't giving the guns up. So despite
your fear of national registration and confiscation of our guns it
isn't going to happen. Not because there are not those who will seek
it, but because we will not give it.
There are compromises which
may be appropriate and there may be concessions which are
legitimate. There is a crisis of violence in our country. We can
look anywhere else for solace that it is worse there, than here. But
the bottom line is we are having a real bad time of it. And a
responsible and accountable gun community doesn't have to barricade
the doors against the rest of the country. We can do our share to
preserve our freedoms and rights. we can retain the actual right to
own and possess while giving up the unnecessary ability to sell our
guns any damn time we please.
Now you can come after me and
revile me. But I am not the enemy. I am just a simple minded guy who
doesn't understand why I am living in a foxhole all the time with my
head up our collective ass spouting sound bites about the assault of
the 2nd amendment and federal prosecutors causing our predicament.
My issue is self- defense, hunting rights and sporting rights. So if
I can make changes in the law and still keep my real rights then I
am ready to take my medicine.
by Ken Goldberg to Liberals
Why is it that in a
country where so many of my friends would zealously guard my right
of free speech, so few want to preserve my other rights? If the pen
is mightier than the sword, then speech is more dangerous than a
gun, and worse in the hands of amateurs. One man with a gun can do
only so much damage. Then he is apprehended or terminated. Tim
McVeigh, the century's greatest American criminal didn't even have a
gun, but he killed over a hundred people and injured hundreds of
others. He paid the ultimate price for his acts. But the people that
preached the hate that the McVeighs hear and take to heart, can't be
executed. In fact many of us who would prosecute McVeigh would
protect the Nazi criminals that inflamed him, because their weapon
is speech. While you despise what they stand for you respect the
right of these militant maladjusted mutants to poison the well that
these weak minded McVeighs drink from, while paradoxically spurning
my right to protect myself from these 3rd Reich rapping rejects.
It has been argued
that I can trust my government to protect me when it can't protect
itself. It is argued that our democracy can't be thwarted by narrow
minded bigots intent on the overthrow of a principled democracy. Yet
you stammer in protest at the election of right wing, moral majority
politicians who would lay waste to Roe VS Wade. While you stand tall
for your recently discovered right to abortion, you have no heart to
defend my long established right to bear arms.
You need not embrace
my rights for yourself. In fact, you are free to not exercise any of
your fundamental rights. But I respectfully request that you refrain
from actively attempting to usurp my rights. I suspect you are
driven by fear. Let me acknowledge your fear. It is real, it is
valid and it is as follows; it is a fear of violent assault against
your home and family. Here is my secret which no one has shared with
you. I am afraid of the same thing! I fear the violence that visits
when bad or good people lose their mental or moral compass and
strike violently whether intentionally or negligently into my life.
It is not only bad people who do bad things, good people under the
influence of mental illness, drugs, alcohol, or passion do very bad
things too. I know you want to keep the demons of darkness from
descending on your home and family. I feel your fear. It is mine!
While you would feel better disarming us of firearms, I would slip
into the chaos of paranoia as I recognize that bad people are more
prevalent than guns.
Bad things have been
happening for far longer than guns have been around. Evil has been
with us before we even knew how to craft a weapon. You would ask me
to trust you that no harm will come to me if I let you take my guns?
Then ask yourself if you can protect me. Can you silence the
crescendo of hate that has been directed at Jews, Blacks & other
minorities? Can free speech prevent the rise of another Hitler?
Hitler rose to power via politics. He took over Germany not by
force, but by ballot boxes filled with the votes of people who were
drawn to a leader who made them feel better about themselves at the
cost of their humanity.
Are we Americans so
superior spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, intellectually
and morally to Germans? They build better cars and guns and
electronics than we do. They are better educated. They have survived
many more years of alterations to their economy, agriculture and
infrastructure. Our 200 years of management are infantile and poor
compared to the richness and maturity of the European culture. We
aren't smarter or more sound of mind body and spirit than they, our
language no more articulate or our heritage richer. What we have
that all of Europe lacks is a constitution, and its accompanying
inalienable rights. All these rights are dependent upon each other.
Like the nutritional chart which requires contributions from all the
food groups to have a healthy body, it takes a foundation of rights
to have a healthy democracy. Many European cities have a richness of
dialogue through numerous daily newspapers than do most American
cities. London has a cascade of daily opinions which flow from its
multitude of dailies, while Tucson has only two daily papers owned
by one company. One view point published daily; there is no
challenge to the status quo here and no venue to try. But England
took the guns. Because despite the intellectual lip service that
flows bohemian like from its media, England doesn't trust its
citizens. If a gun in my hand is a danger then your mouth is
absolutely explosive. The ability to inflame others thru speech is a
far greater threat to my well being than a crazed criminal with a
gun. I am not a caricature or a cartoon. I am a Jew. I have been run
out of every country I ever resided in, and the bigots followed me
here, ready and willing to scapegoat me once again for their
miseries. Or just as bad, they are ready to convert me in the name
of all that is holy, invoking powers greater than Hitler or any
human hubris. You would strip me of all I have stood for now, 5,767
years, convinced that you can save me by destroying my culture which
is rich in intellect and character and a wealth of spirit. This was
achieved while you worked up a good moral superiority. Sorry, I
can't give up my guns. I won't give up my guns. I won't be marched
to ovens whether they kill with gas or with kindness. I respect your
rights to proselytize your religion or your hate. I respect your
right to believe differently from me. I respect your right to
persuade others to your point of view, whether I agree with it or
not. But, I ain't gonna trust you not to misuse your rights, and you
are welcome not to trust me to misuse my gun. And I will defend to
the death your right to speak freely. But I want you in exchange, to
preserve my right to protect my family and home from the criminals
and crazies, dope fiends and zealots. And I want you to defend my
right to defend my life, liberty and my pursuit of happiness.
Juvenile Crime and
The inner city had begun
to experience a violent trend in the late 60s. There was a lull in
the inner city in the mid 70s as law enforcement reigned in leaders
of the crime families. Crime families is accurate as the black gangs
in major cities patterned themselves after the New York syndicate
aka, crime families. When exactly the new killer emerged I don't
Late 80s or early 90s I suppose. A new pattern of violence.
Shootings that were not based on control or rivalries. These new
shootings seem to be an expression of frustration and/or hate. The
target is not focused but rather appears to be anyone who is unlucky
enough to be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Rather
than be an outgrowth of some code and some dealing on the street,
the crime and the weapon seem to originate within the home of the
shooter or a neighbor.
A parochial school
student goes to her girls only school and settles a rivalry with a
classmate by shooting her. Simultaneous to the brutal shootings is
the rise in even more brutal killings committed without a weapon. In
Chicago, 2 preteen boys robbed a young boy and his younger brother.
the robbery culminated in the youngest boy being tossed out of a
high rise window. In Florida an oversized 12 year old brutally beat
and killed a 5 year old girl he was babysitting. Another young boy
killed his neighbor, a much younger girl, and stuffed her body in
his waterbed matress. The list would seem to grow unbearably long.
Why are these crimes
taking place? What can be done to prevent them? What is the
appropriate punishment? The present system varies from state to
state. Generally a juvenile will have their fate determined by a
judge who approves the transfer of the child to an adult court or
requires the case to be tried in a juvenile court. The distinction
is usually , if tried in a juvenile court the punishment can rarely
exceed the childs 21st birthday. Juveniles can not be incarcerated
with adults. The child is held in a juvenile prison until their 17th
year and then transferred to an adult prison. If tried as an adult,
the same form of incarceration is applied but the sentence shall be
identical to that of an adult, up to and including life in prison
without the possibility of parole. A juvenile may not be sentenced
to death. The task of the judge is to determine if the juvenile will
best be served by a juvenile sentence which is to place emphasis on
rehabilitation and reformation. The judge generally looks at prior
criminal history and prior treatment if any, available resources in
the system to treat the child, the nature and seriousness of the
offense, and the risk of future harm to the community. The reality
is that the heinousness of the offense is the single most
significant factor. In other words it is often a political decision
rather than a legal decision whether to try the case in juvenile or
Some medical and psychological doctors say that a
teen's mind is still under developement. That juveniles simply do
not process information and make decisions like an adult because of
the status of their physiology rather than their mentality. The
intent that a teenager brings to a crime then would simply be
different from an adults'. In the law, most felonies require a "mens
rea" to find guilt. That is, there must be a specific intent by the
perpetrator to commit the specific crime. Usually it can be said
that a juvenile has the specific intent to commit the crime, But
should there be a distinction if that intent is truly and
significantly different from an adult? Frustration management is
different for kids. They must often suffer in silence. They can not
quit their family, jump on a plane and take a vacation or go out and
buy a new wardrobe. Typically the pain must be bottled up. If the
source of their frustration is a bully they may feel powerless to
speak out. Adults can change jobs, negotiate transfers, go to the
union, or confront tormentors as a means of coping with bullying.
Since children don't have the resources or the tools to negotiate
these difficulties, is it fair to hold them to the same standard you
would an adult when they fail to cope?
This article is disturbing at two
One, it is a reflection of the increasing violence
against Illegals that is taking place in Texas and AZ. Second, I
note that the reporter calls this a fight "between human-smugglers".
How do Anglos wearing green camouflage pants and shirts and wearing
military-style berets — three black and one red and spoke limited
Spanish, become human-smugglers? More likely they were Minutemen
types who conducted a deadly illegal attack against illegal
immigrants in an effort to protect the rest of us who are obviously
too lazy to kill our landscapers. Or perhaps the reporter is a
human-smuggler hater and felt he could advance the cause by
demonizing and casting the attackers in said light. I don't
actually think that is the case but the framing of the very first
sentence in its content and context is either cause for suspicion or
just poorly written.
boy hurt in attack on illegals
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
A fight between human-smugglers left one
man dead and a 12-year-old boy wounded south of Eloy on Saturday and
officials are asking for the public's help in finding the shooters.
David Norris Jr., 46, of Eloy, about 50
miles northwest of Tucson, was driving a vehicle containing 12
illegal entrants in a farm field near Sunshine and Ellis roads when
four heavily armed men in a white full-size van began firing on
them, Michael Minter, a Pinal County Sheriff's Department spokesman,
Norris was killed. One of the illegal
entrants, a 12-year-old boy, was shot in the leg, he said. The boy
was taken to University Medical Center, where he is in stable
All of the illegal entrants fled from the
van when the attack ended and all but one were found, Minter said.
It is believed that the one person who was not found may have been
None of the shooters has been arrested,
Minter said. They were wearing green camouflage pants and shirts and
wearing military-style berets — three black and one red. The
shooters spoke limited Spanish.