I'm originally from Sky Lake but, I left Memphis in 1989 and I'm glad I got out when I did. I have my wonderful family and God to thank for that.
Deputy Elliot is absolutely correct in stating that LMG is a "non-traditional" gang. And I believe that given the projects where they grew up, they never really had a choice. They started out like many gangs do, banding together for protection from the Gangster Disciples and other notorious gangs, and I can honestly say that it seems they didn't have many options at this point.
Even though they speak with street slang, many of them (the LMGs) seem very intelligent and it's a shame that this was their path in life, because we all know what gang involvement eventually leads to, death or incarceration.
I wish that law enforcement had the balls and govt permission to declare open season on the scumbag gangs that go around terrorizing good citizens and law abiding citizens. Granted, the LMGs were made up of mostly criminal-minded individuals and I cannot condone that kind of behavior. But, at the same time, knowing that someone out there has had enough of the bullying from gangs, and is taking the proper steps to stop it from happening in their neighborhood, is not going to keep me awake at night. In fact, I think I actually sleep better.
I am now miles away from Memphis, in a different state, and thank the Lord every day that my family and I got out when we did. My only wish is that other people in bad neighborhoods will have the courage to do everything in their power to leave the city and seek a better life for themselves and their loved ones.
So, this is my message to any and all gang members in Memphis who still have love and righteousness in their hearts: DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO GET OUT NOW!!! In this day and age, you have more opportunities to change your life and do right than ever before...yes, even in our damaged economy.
Come before the Lord and ask him with all of your heart for help and he WILL hear you and answer your prayers. Don't let your past control your future any longer. You DO have a choice...but, it's up to you, and only you, to make the right one.
Good luck and my hope and prayers will be with you.
By Chris McCoy
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