Boy, 15, arrested 19th time after armed robbery
A 15-year-old boy with nearly 20 arrests on his record has been charged with armed robbery after he held up a man near his home, police said.
It was Jesus Castaneda’s 19th arrest, according to police, and his second gun-related charge. He was last arrested in August 2012 for unlawful use of a weapon, police said.15 years old and he's been arrested 19 times. Twice for firearms violations. Now, last time I checked, IL didn't have concealed carry. They also don't allow 15 year olds to own handguns. And yet here is a thug - a career criminal before he is old enough to drive - getting his hands on a firearm for the second KNOWN time. Now, there's a much larger issue here. Why is this thug still on the street? Why does he feel like he can flaunt the law?
Isn't it far more likely that we have a crime and punishment problem rather than a gun problem? That this 15 year old fears no punishment whatsoever should be a clarion call - but since he's unlikely to become a poster boy for gun control, he'll be forgotten by morning. He'll walk in and out of court until he finally kills someone - and he will kill someone or get himself killed, make no mistake there - and then MAYBE the courts might punish him adequately.
Or maybe Chicago will just keep giving him second chances (or in his case, 20th chances) and continue blaming Smith & Wesson...
That is all.