Should Citizens And Police Prepare For An American Biker War?
It seems that there is an overall fear that a biker war is looming within the United States.
Should citizens be concerned?
Should the police be concerned?
I will provide my opinion on that further on in this article.
My Background With Biker Clubs
I am not writing this without having some firsthand knowledge on biker clubs.
In my young years, I was a rebellious child and found myself in St Anthony's Boy's Home in Sioux City, Iowa. While there, I was roomed with the son of the President of the local chapter of the El Forastero Motorcycle Club. We would sneak out and go to the clubhouse, where his Dad would let us hang out.
Later on, I became a runner for a high member of the Iron Horsemen in Denver, Colorado. He managed an apartment, where I received free rent by delivering packages to certain locations. I never asked questions, but I did find out how valuable I was to him when I had an issue with some "wanna be" gangsters outside the apartment. I will just say that one gangster went to the hospital that day with a deep knife wound, and I wasn't the one who did the stabbing.
Many of you know that I spent a few years in prison for selling marijuana when I was young. My first cellmate had just been sentenced and he told me I could wear the patch upon release after he saw me get into a fight with an Indian who was twice my size. I won the fight, but was trampled by the guards after.
Gary was the President of the Omaha, Nebraska chapter of the Hell's Angels. I came very close to joining. We even lived next to the clubhouse for 1 year where I often helped them with some needs.
I am by no means proud of those days, but I also saw a brotherhood that I did not see with many other people.
Gary, along with many other Hell's Angels are now doing major time in prison on a variety of charges. If I would have stayed "hooked in," I probably would also be in prison and not writing this article.
Yes, I understand the biker mentality.
Recent News Reports
In recent news, there was 170 bikers charged in a massive arrest after a battle erupted at the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco, Texas.
9 bikers are dead and 18 were injured in the battle that had many people shooting guns. Supposedly, it is claimed bikers were also shooting at law enforcement officers.
The Cossack's Motorcycle Club had decided to test the resolve of the Bandido's Motorcycle Club. The Cossacks wore a Bottom Rocker on the back of their coats that said Texas. This was a no-no in Bandido land. The Bandido's claim control over the State of Texas, and when a club wears a rocker with a location, it means that club controls that area.
Media and Police
Supposedly, the media and the police claim there has been a memo issued to the biker clubs that police are now prime targets.
First, I think the leadership is smarter than that.
I think that is a ploy to put fear into the biker club populations. The police want them all to crawl into their caves and hibernate for awhile, and by using this technique, the clubs will take cover for fear of police retribution.
Will There Be Biker War?
There will probably be a skirmish here and there. Yes, I believe there will be those who seek some payback, but for the most part, I believe the media is getting carried away.
I was reading an article at the Huffington Post about this occurrence. The author who is African American, makes it sound like white on white violence is the number 1 problem in the United States.
I just cannot go along with this premise. Has she looked at the amount of black on black violence that occurs daily in cities across the nation?
I am, by no means, attempting to turn this into a people of color propaganda circle as this Julia Craven who writes for the Huffington Post did.
It is time to start leaving the color stuff at home. If you look at the pictures, I believe you will see whites, blacks, browns and reds riding those Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Maybe this woman should do a little research on the Wheels Of Soul Motorcycle Club based in Philadelphia. They have been tied to many murders and gang activity...and they are primarily African American.
It is ok, you can sleep easier.
No, I don't think you will see an all out biker war.
If anything, you should be more worried about the gang in Washington D.C. They don't ride motorcycles, but they are doing a lot more damage than any of these biker gangs can even dream of doing.
© 2015 Greg Boudonck
More by this Author
It was the same thing day in and day out. Go to school and do follow the material that had boredom written all over it. I wanted something more; something with substance.
Children are our future and there are freaks killing them. Lets catch these evil beings and send them all to hell.
This hub describes the different political parties and their views. Written before the last Presidential election, it still gives people insight. Updated now for the most current Presidential election