Sunday, April 17

DID THE MARA SALVATRUCHA (MS-13) GANG CLAIM THE LIFE OF TODDLER AIDEN NAQUIN?

In a post last evening, I linked to the "Houston Chronicle" story about the arrest in the early hours of yesterday morning of the principal suspect in the cold-blooded murder of toddler Aiden Naquin, who would have celebrated his 2nd birthday in August had he not been shot brutally twice in the head while he sat helpless, strapped into a child's car seat in the backseat of his father's vehicle. As "Houston Chronicle" reporter Paige Hewitt informs us, the suspect taken into custody, 19-year old Miguel Angel Castro, is thought to be a member of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang, known on the streets in 30+ American cities as MS-13.

Mara Salvatrucha is composed of illegal aliens emigrating to this country principally from El Salvadore, but from other countries in Central America as well. MS-13 is thought to have 50,000 members in total, with 10,000 - 12,000 operating here in the United States. The gang engages in murder, mayhem, illicit drug-trafficking, and human smuggling.

The gang, which first took root in the Los Angeles area in the late 1980s, but now has spread across the United States into a large number of American cities, big and small, has become the focus of a Justice Department task force. Dubbed "Operation Community Shield," it is designed to disrupt and disband the "Gang of Salvadoran Guys," which is now seen as a serious threat to Homeland Security.

It is a shame, any way you look at it, that the cold-blooded murder of an innocent toddler gets lost in the shuffle of the daily inundation of horrific news that pours out of American cities into our homes; but, if there proves to be a direct link between this murder and MS-13 gang members (four people where purportedly in the car, including Miguel Angel Castro, when they cut off Ernest Naquin's car, exited their silver Nissan Altima, and one of them fired five rounds through the windshield of Mr. Naquin's vehicle), then the public ought not to let this murder case quickly fade from our memories -- and I'm not just referring to people who live in the Houston, Texas, area. MS-13 is a national problem and there must grow a national consciousness about its implications! It's reach can affect most of us!

Don't let the death of little Aiden Naquin pass in the night, as if he's more crime statistic, than hapless little boy who had a whole life in front of him.

How do you, as bloggers, help?

Write about the illegal alien problem in this country. Lobby for tough-minded border security enforcement and immigration reform. Post about MS-13 and its implications (is a gang not a terrorist organization?). Pressure President Bush, the Congress, and both political parties to take action vis-a-vis the out-of-control illegal alien problem. Don't accept the passage of any legislation tantamount to an amnesty sell-out. Point to Presidente Vicente Fox's complicity in the human wave entering this country from Mexico, creating a huge tax drain and a renting of our nation's social fabric.

Whatever you do, don't let this little boy die in vain. If we don't feel compelled to protect our children, what then have we become as a nation? Remember: five shots were fired at point blank range through the windshield of a vehicle in which three children sat in the backseat of their father's car. Are we just going to wring our hands in indignation, but then move on to the next article in the newspaper? Is it no longer safe for children to be taken out in the early evening hours for a snow cone treat by their parents without fear of death?

Norman-Rockwell-America is being obliterated by anything-goes-America, and we only have ourselves to blame. Government officials can be voted out of office. The responsibility remains ours -- the American voter.

UPDATE: Just found this "WorldNetDaily" article on the Aiden Naquin story.