A State Senator's Viewpoint on Recent Gang Activity, Violence (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

March 29, 2013 Updated Mar 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM EST

FORT WAYNE (www.nbc33.com) – An Indiana state senator says, “enough is enough.” State Senator Tom Wyss discussed his take on all the violence going on in Fort Wayne today, which he feels is related to an increase in gang activity.

While he’s not so sure Fort Wayne has gotten more violent, he thinks the public has become more aware of the shootings and armed robberies because everything is happening in such a short time-frame.

To curb this, he believes there needs to be tougher regulations on gun purchasing, including the implementation of universal background checks. His biggest concern for our area however, how prevalent gang activity has become.

"I think the gang thing is much worse than it ever was in years gone by. But it's not like we're not trying to do something. And I think law enforcement is doing everything that they can and that it's just a matter of us being able to change the attitudes of children that you don't need guns to answer problems."

One of the programs Senator Wyss is working on at a state level is called “See something, Say Something" which encourages the public to speak up about violence or crimes. The goal is to assist local police with investigations in an attempt to clean up the streets.

Wyss feels it’s important for a culture shift to start at home, as well.

"There are all kinds of problems. The break-up of the families, it's all kinds of situations that are leading to where these kids get involved in gangs. And what it takes is parents to make sure they are watching and that they're stopping their own children from participating in these kinds of activities."




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