“Crystal’s Soapbox,” published each Thursday, is a column by conservative Texas mom Crystal Arcand who loves to rant about issues that relate to her kids….and yours.
According to Enrique Gonzalez, his seven-year-old son begged for a tattoo to “be like you, Daddy” when he took him along to a friend’s house to get his own tattoo of a paw print on his chest. Why a paw print? It’s the insignia for the notorious Bulldogs gang in Fresno, California. It was originally reported that Enrique held the boy down while Travis Gorman forcibly inked a paw print on his hip. Now a supposed eyewitness is saying that the boy wasn’t held down. It doesn’t really matter to me whether or not the boy was held down. Here’s the crux of the matter: a man had a tattoo put on his seven-year-old son. Not just any tattoo – a gang tattoo, mind you.
Okay, it’s one thing to have tattoos on Barbies, which I don’t like anyway. But as if that wasn’t enough for parents to battle in today’s society, we now have to worry about parents getting tattoos on their own kids? You know the saying about you have to have a license to hunt and fish but not to have kids? This guy is what perpetuates that saying. I mean, come on. Who “lets” a seven-year-old get a tattoo?
And don’t get me started on the fact that it’s a gang tattoo. Oh, wait, nevermind – Mama’s all riled up now. According to prosecutors, the tattoo is a “recruitment tool that furthers the gang’s criminal enterprise.” Essentially, the kid is now a walking billboard for his father’s gang. And not just any gang. The Bulldogs are notorious around Fresno, with the police there on a constant crackdown of the criminal activities of the gang. This sounds like the plot of a movie. Sadly, it’s not. These are real people in a real gang permanently marking the body of a child. Technically, it constitutes aggravated mayhem, which carries a life sentence. Instead, a judge on Friday charged them “with willful cruelty to a child with a gang enhancement,” which carries a sentence of approximately seven years and eight months.
How about a charge of “absolutely idiotic parenting” with a sentence of sterilization to help clean up the gene pool?