Thursday, February 23, 2017



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Getting weapons is easy, at a difficult age

By: Jorge López and Tanya Vázquez | 02/20/2017 7:47


Access to firearms at a particularly difficult age and sometimes in a risky environment leads some minors to obtain firearms and commit illicit acts with them.

Whether they feel the need to belong to a group or because their addiction to drugs makes them require more resources is that young people are looking for guns, something that experts say is not difficult.

Of a total of 221 inmates that exist in the six Itama centers, 91% committed the crime under the influence of the drug and it is assumed that they exercised some type of violence, explained its director general.

Ana Dolores Quijada Chacón explained that to exert violence in an illegal act implies from making use of physical force, the use of objects and weapons, which today are easy to acquire.

She stated that there are three mechanisms that minors use to acquire a weapon. "Number one: I take orders from my group and I achieve a level, and by the degree of confidence I have, he says, 'I'm going to assign you A weapon because I have a goal of going to hurt a third person, 'and then seeing that my order was effective, I acquire the weapon, "she said.

The second way the young man gets a weapon, she added, is that the teenager simply comments among his group of friends that he needs the weapon, and that is how someone comes out and sells it at surprisingly low prices, according to what Which Itama's inmates have commented on.

"Another way of acquiring them is with the same family of children," says a young man, "that his grandfather had left his father some weapons as an inheritance, then he searched the whole house until he found the weapon, His girlfriend was unfaithful and he went and killed her, "he said.

The general director of Itama in Sonorades noted that the youngsters in high school and high school are the ones who are most at risk, as they are exposed to social networks without parental supervision, and many of them are led by predators.

"So young people want to take on a recognition, care that they never had from their parents, their families, their social environment, takes it through social networks and are involved at that price of violence: "She added.


And it is that the facility that young people have to interact with strangers, access to various contents and normalization of violence, could be the causes for teenagers to carry weapons, said sociologist Jesús Durán Pinzón.

The Unison professor said that in a society where everything can be accessed through technologies, including weapons, normalize violence and thereby increase crime.

"They have access to more information, to have social relationships through virtual networks where you can find everything that is sought, relationships do not have the control they had before," he said.

"The images that are seen everywhere are loaded in addition to violence, a species where there is no guilt, good kill the bad guys and that does not deserve to feel guilty, there is a lack of responsibility," she said.

The violent behavior shown by young people is due to injuries in the brain that started from childhood, due to the abuse they suffered in their family environment, whether physical, sexual or emotional, by omission of care, and come to have patterns that They imitate, explained Ana Dolores Quijada Chacón, director of the centers of the Institute for Treatment and Application of Measures for Adolescents (Itama).

"A child when he lives that in his childhood begins to feel emotional pain, when he begins to realize the reality, begin to feel anger, behind the anger there is a need for affection, a need to have been cared for, to have been wanted And approached. "

Dr. Chacon Quijano noted that studies have shown that excessive violence in adolescents is due to an imbalance in the temporal lobe, which is a part of the brain located behind the temple, to the side of the ear.

She mentioned that the injuries in the brain that bring many of the young people who enter Itama are aggravated by the abuse of substances such as tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and drugs, mainly crystal and marijuana.

The head of Itama reported that the young inmates receive a comprehensive treatment "Bio-Sico-Social", where in addition to investigating possible psychological trauma that the child could bring ingrained, a solution is sought to reintegrate them into society and also Study if it causes affectations in the brain.


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