Gang Violence a Sad Fact of Life Within Metro Vancouver

Wow! Time flies sometimes. Here we are, in Novembers incessant rain, and it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything on the blog.Let’s just say, it has been a busy time,for me and there are a couple of stories I’m busy with. Frankly, I’m really just too tired at the end of the day to sit and rant about anything- not from lack of rants though!

Let’s talk about the gang violence and shoot-ups going on. Really, I dont give a shit how many of these “gansta’s” get shot – as far as I’m concerned, it’s one less  idiot for the justice system to waste its time and resources on.  It is the brazen disregard shown for other citizens around them that gets me. In Surrey, it’s nothing new, and there have been many gang related incidents there in the past.

In the first year we lived in our new neighbourhood, there were 6 different Indo -gang related shootings, and one death ,within an eight block radius of our home – and we live in a nice neighbourhood. A major gangster player was shot down with an automatic rifle right in front of his parents home, one block from an elementary school, and right behind our home. We heard the shots being fired that night. In another incident , a young girl was nearly shot as she slept in her bed, when a car full of gangbangers drove by spraying her house with bullets, in error, having obtained the wrong address for their target. Our quiet little family cul-de-sac is often filled with pimped out cars due to one gangster wannabe neighbour, who makes us all wish the earth would just swallow him up, and fear for our safety.

The reaction has been one of surprise by some , that the latest shootings have occurred in a wealthier Vancouver neighbourhood. No surprise there, these men are rich, living well and enjoying the high life, and one doesn’t know anymore if your friendly neighbour is a businessmanor a mobster. Vancouver can no longer make fun of any other city for gang violence, because they are beating us outright in numbers right now.  Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan is once again showing his trademark wimpy style of leadership and I have to wonder where his head is as he has shared his solutions in the last couple days. Thinking that getting addicts onto prescription aided drug programs – that we are going to end up paying for- will curb the drug and gang violence is insane, to say the least. Get out of office Mr.Sullivan, before you are run out. Don’t count on a re-election next year.

The solution to this problem is multi-facted. The lifestyle seems so glamorous to new recruits- women , cash, gems and gold. It needs to be de-mystified, de-glamourised, and the reality of death, retaliation and no way out needs to be emphasized in schools and with parents. The police need reinforcements and unity, with open borders and communication between RCMP and municipal forces . Tougher sentences, zero tolerance and no second chances. Get them while they’re young and impressionable.  This has nothing to do with getting addicts off the street, because an addict on a prescription drug is still an addict, and much like they sell methadone on the streets in Surrey, the  same will happen with other drugs.

Lets hope the next time a “gansta’s” time is up, its not you or I out there enjoying an evening out, beside him, as he goes down like so many others.

I’m Laila Yuile, and this is how I see it.

6 Comments on “Gang Violence a Sad Fact of Life Within Metro Vancouver

  1. Hi Laila,
    Check out what this guy has to say on Youtube about Violence.
    “trickertricks” with Escalating Violence pt1, 2 and 3. He provides some clear answers, you’ll find it interesting.


  2. hi i just want to say that , if your not in to the life style then don’t put it down . yes it’s a bad career choice but you cant just tell young kids oh hey don,t go an join any gang’s or crews or hook up with ” those ” people . Saying things like that only get a young person even more intrigued by the idea . Sure the government could do something about it but look at the situation for f***k sake the government sells addicts methadone , when they clearly know the adverse effects of the drug . Have you ever talked to a addict ? Have you ever asked them what they do to afford those drugs ? Have you ever which they would rather do the heron or the methadone ? I have and the answers will surprise you . As for the ” gangsta” have you ever talked to any ? like actually sit an have a real live chat with one … not just taking facts from here and there and then piecing your own conclusion .. .. The fact is a lot of them don’t do it for the glamor or the fame and money , they do it because of some need that arises in their live where they end up having no other choice . Before you condemn someone on their choice get your facts straight .

  3. Give me a break.

    It makes me chuckle when someone comes along who doesnt know a thing about me, or my life, or my professional background and then thinks I merely just ” string bits and pieces together” .

    I know there are many different reasons why people turn to gangs. I worked in non -profit for a long time, with everyone from homeless addicts to ex-cons to gang members and normal families hard on their luck. Take your condescending , know better attitude somewhere else.

    I have had clients share things, unfortunately, that would make some people weak in the knees to know.

    You are right that sometimes people do get into gangs because they think they have no choice, but the other, larger truth is the perception of living a fast and exciting lifestyle, tinged with the aura of danger, is a huge draw. Get rich, quick, and get out. Or not- some love the image of the world class gangster.

    Its laughable.

    I live in a neighbourhood that at first glance, appears to a better off one -and it is. In fact, its so attractive the the richer Indo – gangsters and terrorists live among us. One was shot right behind my home a year ago, an indo gang leader who was taken out execution style beside his car in a drive by. I heard the bullets from the automatic gun, I was up all night with cops swarming everywhere, and I saw the blood on the street for weeks, as did all the kids walking by to their school- one block away.

    Was I upset he was killed ? Not at all, in fact we all slept better knowing he was dead. before he was shot,all the neighbours worried for their lives and their childrens. The people who took him out at least did it in the night, when he was all along outside the home, and no one was hurt.

    Was I happy his parents grieved openly outside their home? No. His death was a horrible loss to them- he was their only son. But I am still glad he is gone. He would never have left a life that gave him so much cash, and prestige among his peers.

    Another well known gang member lives a few blocks away, in his massive fortress with CCTV security, wrought iron sharpened point fence and highly guarded home. His family donates to the local politicians. He drives any number of pimped out luxery vehicles with his bling bling watch on.

    Alternatively, if you head on into Whalley, the scourge of surrey. you will see the low level gang members- the small time dealers, pushers, pimps and whores who trun tricks to get more drugs. Most are addicts. Methadone dispensing pharmacies are everywhere in Surrey- EVERYWHERE. Is the crime rate lower ? – No. Are there still break ins in vehicles on the streets? -Yes. Petty crime is rampant. Many meth users are selling it for heroin.

    The ironic thing is that many wealthy gansters are not addicts at all. The range runs from destitution to extreme wealth and excess, and I have seen it all. It makes me sick.

    I have my facts straight, sir, it is you who does not.

    The truth is that there really is always, ALWAYS, an alternative. Sometimes pride, or shame, or desperation and false ideals lead to the wrong choice.

    We are all faced with a series of choices from birth. Some are made for us until we are old enough to start making our own with some responsibility.

    Gangs are trolling at schools for vulnerable kids to recruit. To deny this is to deny a chance to stop a kid from making that choice.

    Kids need to be shown the reality of what can happen entering gangs. They need to be scared shitless, and look at some pictures of gangsters sitting in their cars with their brains blown out, or lying in the rain on the street with a bullet in their chest. They need to see what strung out hooker looks like after shes been beaten by her pimp, or dealer.

    Don’t hide the truth that its not so glamourous to get shot and leave your family behind, or die in a cold heap behind a dumpster.
    When you start to buy into the mantra that there is no other choice, you become part of the problem, and not part of the solution.

  4. OK … so i didnt know your credientials b4 , now i do , Well if you really want to show these young kids the truth then y not go to the schools and post those pictures that your talking about everywhere , make it it an ” in your face ” campaign. I don’t mean to be condescending but some of the remarks jus got me a little pissed off . You seemed to think that it was as if these people have no remorse or feelings toward what they are doing ,but check this , these people have to do what they do other wise they’ re the ones lying on the pavement behind a dumpster , if your life was in a jam like that ( kill or b killed ) what would you do ? ( pls dont say you would go to the ” pigs ” )

  5. This is a valid campaign to make in the schools , but unfortunately there are too many parents out there who think kids should be sheltered from the realities of life. And, this is not my cause and battle to fight- I have one already closer to my heart.

    These are the same parents who don’t want it taught in school , but refuse to talk about it themselves. Not unlike parents who teach abstinence rather than education so kids are armed to make the right choice if they find themselves in that spot.

    I do think that many gang members block out that feeling as as survivial mechanism. I also think some really don’t care.

    The point is that the initial choice to head down that road is the one to avod. Once you are in, its damn hard to get out. Prevention is the key, and get them when they are young wth education and rehabilitation.

    Sometimes one has to swallow their pride and face the shame and get on with it.

  6. Lots a guys i grew up with in Toronto ended up just fine even though their brothers and neigbours got into the rackets. The only reason your life would be in a jam is if you put it there. Big guns big cars little…brains, no guts. Easy money jackin the regular guy. I got no time for the pissants.