Oh my goodness. What ever happened to people taking responsibility for their own actions? Hillary, you’ve been in the spot light too long. People are taking your lead and blaming their terrible decisions on other things. Like videos. Sound familiar?
By Devan Coffaro
Teenagers in jail are speaking out about gun violence in the community. They’re telling us how teens are getting guns and why.
As we’ve reported, Mobile Police say there is a spike in teen gun violence. So far this year, at least twelve teens have died (almost a third of the total of homicide victims) and many more were arrested for violent crimes. Every time it happens, we hear from investigators or family members, but on Wednesday, FOX10 News Reporter Devan Coffaro sat down with teens in Metro Jail to get their side.
We spoke with three 17-year-olds with different charges – murder suspect Noah Jones, Demetrius Hunter, who is charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and assault 2nd, and last, robbery 1st suspect Elijah McKinley.
They all said they got their guns in their early teens. Jones was the youngest at just thirteen-years-old. For around $100 or less, the teens said they bought their guns off the street – many of them stolen from unlocked cars and many of them sold by other teens.
We asked each teen what experience triggered their decision to get a gun. Two of them said they were at a block party where people opened fire at each other in the crowd. McKinley said a group of teens who got into an argument with his friend pulled a gun out on them.
“What did it feel like when you held your first gun?” asked Devan Coffaro.
“It felt like power,” responded Hunter. “Like you ain’t scared of nobody.”
We’re told that power can be addicting – they say especially when so many other teens with guns are bullies.
Hunter recalled a moment where he fired his gun to protect himself from a group of men who approached him as he was walking home.
“What was going through your mind at the moment you pulled the trigger?” asked Coffaro.
“I don’t want to die. I was scared,” said Hunter.
The teens explained it’s a vicious cycle… Many teens unable to get out of it until it’s too late.
“It made me change my life instead of doing good and staying in school and playing sports,” said McKinley. “It made me get deeper in the street just because I had a gun, and I felt like while I have the gun, nobody could do nothing to me.”
According the teens, music glorifying gun culture is also making the problem worse.
“There’s a song by YoungBoy called 38 Baby,” said Jones. “Now everybody is saying on Facebook they want 38’s.”
“People just want to be like that. People just want to live that lifestyle,” said Hunter. “They think it’s the way to live, but once you get back here, it don’t matter what you did or how you did it. You’ll be a nobody back here and it ain’t worth throwing your life away.”