Yesterday, The Guardian published a series of transcripts of interviews with teenagers involved with gang and gun crime.
No matter how harrowing, it's at least good to see genuine first person accounts being published, rather than the debate being dominated by people totally removed from the causes or effects of the situation.
I think the most powerful quote from this reporting is the following:
"A lot of middle-class people think that gangs are untouchable and youths are unreachable, but that's not the case - these 13- and 14-year-old boys are scared, they are looking for guidance and they're going to anyone who can provide it."This isn't from the journalist who wrote the piece or some MP. It's from a 19 year old who saw his first murder at 7 and has witnessed fourteen since. We live in serious times.