Hillary Clinton sentimentalizes gang membership

Speaking in Hartford, Connecticut, to commemorate the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting which claimed the lives of 20 pupils and six staff members, Hillary Clinton mentioned the need for “positive gangs.”

After Iran Nazario, outreach director with Compass Youth Collaborative, shared his experiences of a life besieged by incarceration, violence, drugs and the loss of a family member from his affiliation with gangs, Clinton responded:

“You know, joining a gang is like having a family. It’s feeling like you’re part of something bigger than yourself. So we’re either going to have gangs that murder and rob and do the things that are so destructive to the gang members and to the community. Or, we’re going to have positive gangs. We’re going to have positive alternatives for young people.”



Perhaps Mrs. Clinton is attempting outreach to members of notorious gangs as a potential voting bloc with her sympathetic portrayal of cabals of thugs as family.

Gangs, a byword for violence, have now become a substitute for the nuclear family in the Democratic frontrunner’s eyes.

Mr. Nazario’s decision to engage with violent street gangs was a conscious decision on his part. While Mr. Nazario expressed regret and described the horrors of life involved with a gang, this is a fact Hillary either did not fully appreciate or refused to acknowledge, preferring to use the Sandy Hook tragedy perpetrated by a mentally-disturbed man to promote gun-control measures which will have no effect on crime and will only ravage the Second Amendment.

While empathy is a vital attribute in the virtue of compassion and we seek a compassionate society, Mrs. Clinton’s comments about gangs, “positive” gangs or otherwise, are so thoroughly preposterous they do not merit any elucidation.

Had Clinton bothered to listen to Mr. Nazario’s anecdote, words of warning in relation to the poisonous life attached to gang membership, she would have never confused a gang with the beauty of the nuclear family and the constructive factors of a family life such as personal responsibility, charity, resilience, faith, love and affection.

None of these qualities are found in gang life.

Briefly departing from her usual posturing as a political victim in her gender-centric campaign, this is Hillary posing as a morning talk-show host creating victims of others.

A vital component of Hillary’s campaign, Hillary labors to convince spectators she identifies with them through carefully manipulating a calamity.

Even more disturbing is the fact the former Secretary trotted out Erica Smegielski, the grieving daughter of the slain Sandy Hook Elementary School principal, to politicize gun violence.

Seeking to extend the life of one of the most errant lies in the gun-control debate, Hillary fed her audience the statistic over 33,000 persons die as a result of guns.

Clumsily lumping in the approximately 19,000 people who commit suicide with a gun, she may have convinced her adoring fans she is a crusader against crime, but in repeating a statistic she knows is blatantly false, Clinton reveals herself as targeting guns in the hands of the law abiding and criminal alike.

That Clinton would salvage this utter fiction is unsurprising:  Repeating “gun control” in some form during campaign events effectively eliminates the need for her to propose a new measure, but leaves her with a reputation as an intrepid anti-crime warrior.

If Clinton finds a “warm and fuzzy side” to gang life, imagine how she will confront ISIS.


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