I am upset that radio and television news reporters may talk about gang violence, and we see the results of gang violence in the newspapers, but in the courtroom the term "gang member" is never heard. It is prejudicial to the defendant.

We can change that.

I am calling for our Legislature to make membership in a "gang" — any group that advocates deadly violence to other members of our society — illegal. That is how other states handle the problem. Let's give our law enforcement and courts a tool that will get these criminals off our streets.

Newel Standley