I Need to Join a Gang

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Last week the Sacramento, CA,  City Council voted unanimously to pay 50 gang members $1.5 million to not kill people.
There was a time when that sort of thing was called “danegeld” and cities in Britain and Europe paid it but the Vikings still came. The Romans tried to pay off the Vandals and Visigoths, but that didn’t work either. In more recent years it has been called a protection racket. Historically doing this ended badly. 
I didn’t see any indication that the Sacramento City Council has read history. But why would progressive people do that?
Sacramento, CA – The city of Sacramento is setting aside $1.5 million dollars of taxpayers money to pay gang members to stop killing people. 
The city council unanimously approved the “Advance Peace” program in an attempt to address their ongoing problem with violent crime, according to Fox News
The program pays gang members to graduate school and stop shooting at people. If a gang member wants to start killing people, they’ll be forfeiting their taxpayer-funded payday.
The vote had been scheduled to take place in two weeks, but Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg requested that the vote be moved up after five people were shot in a park. 
“Five people were shot in Meadowview on Sunday,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said, according to Fox 40. “Let’s get going on doing everything we can to save innocent lives.” 
The funding for the payments to the criminal gang members will come from the city’s general fund. The money will go to 50 men who are suspected of killing people, but there’s not enough evidence to prosecute them.
The Advance Peace Program – No, you can’t make this stuff up.
“Fifty is a huge number. That’s 50 shooters who have the possibility of taking a life,” Nicole Clavo said according to KCRA. “If we can reach those 50, how many lives have we changed?” 
The Advance Peace program started in Richmond, CA and has been credited by some with reducing murders in the city; Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert disagrees. 
“I support the gang prevention task force and the many evidence-based youth mentoring and intervention programs already in existence in the city of Sacramento. I have serious concerns with a program that is apparently based upon the payment of money to high-risk individuals in exchange for a promise not to engage in violent criminal conduct. There is insufficient evidence-based data to show this approach is effective in preventing gun violence.”

24 thoughts on “I Need to Join a Gang

  1. Setting aside the whole danegeld issue, where is the money coming from? Isn't Sacramento nearly broke?


  2. Keeping in mind that the city needs to PROVE that THEY didn't kill (insert name here), so it's a payment without proof. Nice work if you can get it.

  3. I suggest they do the opposite when spending the money since they are into economics. First they can read the nobel Laureate in economics Gary Beckers work about Crime and Punishment nber.org/chapters/c3625.pdf

    Since the politicians expect the offender to be rational they can increase the risk to the level it works. The money they save can be invested in LEA to work proactive and smart to increase the risk. Any potential offender having an idea of committing a crime would know their life end with the idea.

  4. So how do they decide which are the top 50? I can see sumdood at say #51 deciding he needs to become more notorious so as to get on the gravy train.

    Incidentally, I propose that the list of 50 be mandated to reflect the demographics of the US as a whole, so that it will not be hatey-hater racist, nor have "disparate impact". If there are more than 7 blacks (13.3% per 2016 statistics) or 9 Hispanics (17.8%) on that list then it is PROOF that the Sacramento City Council are racist.

    Hmm. The more I think about this, the more I think someone in Sacramento should make this "racial balance" issue a real thing. Mess with the prog assholes using their own logic and own rules.

  5. We'll need get you a gang tattoo and a decoder ring. Then Sacramento will begin paying you not to kill anyone.

  6. John, these people have their heads so far up their respective asses that they will need a glass belly button to see out.

  7. You know that they're going to be racists and break the glass demographic ceiling. Then again, progressives have never been attentive to racial issues on their OWN pet projects. It's a lot like Congress passing a law and then exempting itself from that law.

    I'd be very upset to be #51 or #52 and would work hard to become a better murderer so I can make the cut if I was living in Sacramento.

  8. I need to remember that one! I may have to use that sometime in the future, with proper credit to the source naturally.

  9. And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we've proved it again and again,
    That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.

    They need to read some Kipling.

  10. I agree. Good grief. I guess they believed Killary when she said we just need to give terrorists jobs so they will stop killing?
    Are any other programs working? What idiots.
    So Kalifornia is broke, but Sacramento is flush with money?
    Sorry to ramble. The ignorance is amazing.

  11. No, Sacramento is broke – but they still have money to pay gang members to stop killing people.

    California doesn't have a revenue problem, they have a spending problem.

  12. LL,

    Two things come to mind

    #1 These 50 guys will clean up after themselves and hide the bodies. No body, no shooting victim, no problem.

    #2 At the baddest of the 50 gets all the money in the end, that Sacramento City Council is pretty smart.

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