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Outside of the Box by Eric Dierker. (the box of gangs)

Updated on April 29, 2014

Let us just look to the good.

I do not need another sunset.
I do not need another sunset. | Source

I have a gun and a tazer and a baton. And I am meaner than a junkyard dog. But I love you man.

Oh I worked a beat. Private. In a place called Oceanside California. They came back from Pakistan and they brought their ARs with them and they were gang members.

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to a world I worked for too long. I have had over thirty ARs pointed at me by easy count. Suppose by about ten you are immune. You just damn well know and accept that you are going to die. The territories are parking lots and crack houses and gang banger graffitied parks.

And by God you stop calling your wife every hour because every hour you smell and breathe fear which is either theirs or yours. You have a patrol point between a Walmart and a Rite Aid. You go in there and you might not come out.

Who knows the evil money brings on us?

So he came around a corner and rapid fire went over my head.

Statistics are ugly this video high power gives you a look. Being a "patrolman" in this area asured that you would not come home the same after a 8pm to 8am cruise.

Draw fast and furious and first or call your wife -- or let somebody else call her. This was a hell zone. And this writer is proud to have served and be alive to write. "Pop a Cap don't mean shit to me" we ducked and fired back over hoods of cars and into buildings we just prayed had no children without AKs inside. I busted out my baton and knocked the shit out of a 12 year old with a fully automatic weapon in his hands. And then trampled over him into the unit where I was shot at by a 22 year old with a 44 magnum until I his finger and knocked him out.

Take my damned word for it, we never hit the news and all involved have testified. But no trial they just go join their friends in the gang in the prison. If the news covered it, it would glorify them and that is bad business for everyone. Actually I think it is fear that keeps them from reporting violent gang crime.

Private security sucks. And violence sucks worse. Let us pray for those still on those front lines and their wives expecting the phone call.

Call me weak, I left the service.

I just had a child. Who am I to fight gunfire battle? I am old.
I just had a child. Who am I to fight gunfire battle? I am old. | Source

I went to a place more mellow.

I believe it is the largest base of USCIS -- Border Patrol. Well I thought it was retirement in a cool 4 wheel drive around an airfield called Brown Field.

Holy crap a bunch of guys "invaded" the base and I was put down to radio duty. A big bad ass swat type team came in and blew away 5 men. Again, no press. You see smugglers are run by "gangs" out of Mexico and murder is always on the menu. The idea was to steal five fully loaded and marked Border Patrol vehicles of the base. That would reek havoc on all kinds of things. I am sure glad I saw them in time to call it in.

Our life is not as secure as we would like to believe. We need to be aware, above and beyond our news.

I wonder if he supports this sign or wants to tear it down. Probably just using it to stand up.

Safety and care of our children.
Safety and care of our children. | Source

Do you feel secure?

Have you ever seen gang violence or been a victim

See results

Sincere hope

Federal law enforcement and prosecutors are finally really getting a grip on the fact that gangs are interstate and criminal enterprises. Here is San Diego County last week they rounded up about 50 members of a gang and came away with that many AR style weapons. It is scary.

They accomplished that through a complex series of wiretaps which are now cellular taps. That is hard to do with "burn" phones.

Also there are now "OG's" Old Gangsters. Many remain in and heading up gangs but many have seen the light and are becoming the light as an alternative to a gang lifestyle. These folks really really do start out in pre-teens on a recruiting and regular basis. They are the ones on the street that you see and do not know it. They know how to point a gun and kill you. But we hope we are addressing those issues more each day.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Kerlund74 and welcome to my hubs.

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      4 years ago from Sweden

      This is an exellent writing about a frightening world. Thank you for sharing.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      DDE thank you for coming by and adding truth to my hub.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Greatly said and with so much meaning peace is for everyone violence destroys peace.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, I hear that many fight growing older. I love it. Like you say, now I get to patrol with words in print. I have to admit I miss some of the adrenaline rushes.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill -- a four year old does not take weekends off. But we are having a blast finger painting and "working with tools" around the house. Thank you friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MarleneB, it is very harsh. But I think it gets to the point of our willful ignorance. I still cannot get over, that I did not see spousal abuse next door.

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      The Frog Prince 

      4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Good read with an excellent perspective.

      The Frog

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Keep fighting the good fight my Friend. Your words are more powerful than any weapon!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Taking the weekend off my friend. Just stopped by to wish you a good one.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      "Peace is just a piece of denial." I never thought about it that way, but it is so true.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My family Harishprasad is in flux for the men who fight daily ask for my return. We are praying and I am happy that in my age I work for a man who is running for a government seat, perhaps I can be of use in advocacy rather than as a soldier. Om Namah Shviya. Cogito ergo, Ultreya!

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Eric, this one is really an startling aspect of human existence. There are such daring souls so prone to all kinds of risks to their lives that we cannot just imagine their plight when living in our comfort-zone. You have actually lived such a life and that's why your writing excites us so much. Great and Voted up.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MarleneB, Blessed be the air that is moved by your angelic wings. I just plopped out of my chair onto one knee. Let it be that I have lost what I had and am grateful for the crumbs left behind.

      It would be so nice not to be called back into duty. But sometimes my wife looks at me, like she is saying: "what life did you save today". Peace is just a piece of denial. Let us pray for those who would better with our comfort than our gun.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      And this, Eric, is why it is so hard to sleep at night. I once saw a show about criminals. The way criminals think is totally different than the way people like you and I think. I've not been out in the mix of the battle the way you have been, so I have no comprehension of how difficult it must be to keep it all straight in your head. But, you have kept yourself together in a brilliant way. I'm glad you are here to preach about it. Thanks for caring, Eric. You have a lot of friends who love you. Catch a sunrise in the morning.


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