Vinny Forlano: He won’t talk. Stone is a good kid. Stand-up guy, just like his old man. That’s the way I see it.
Vincent Borelli: I agree. He’s solid. A fuckin’ Marine.
Americo Capelli: He’s okay. He always was. Remo, what do you think?
Remo Gaggi: Look… why take a chance? At least, that’s the way I feel about it.
If you and another person get arrested together in Chicago, you’re both part of a loose network of people with a high risk of getting shot in the future, Yale University researchers say in a newly published study.
Only 6 percent of the people in Chicago between 2006 and 2012 were listed on arrest reports as co-offenders in crimes, the study says. But those people became the victims of 70 percent of the nonfatal shootings in the city over the same period.
And while there is a racial component in the numbers to wit:
These statistics demonstrate the wisdom of the old adage, “Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.” They also show that it is not per se that is related to the higher incidence of violence in some black communities…
For every 100,000 people, an average of one white person, 28 Hispanics and 113 blacks became victims of nonfatal shootings every year in Chicago over the six-year study period.
… but rather the existence of networks of people who engage in violence and reinforce each other in patters of violent behavior.
it isn’t so much that a person is of a particular race, but if you are hanging around with crooks and thugs when the heat is on they are going to look out for #1.
That’s what the numbers showed, your odds of getting shot in Chicago are 30 times higher if you were dealing with thugs than if you were just minding your own business.
But for those of you who simply can’t handle this concept because of the racial breakdown here is an example you’ll be able to understand without feeling guilty because it involves Sicilians. We don’t mind because we don’t particularly care what some stranger thinks of us.
This is why my folks never got involved with these guys, even when people were threatening them. Sooner or later you pay for it, big time.