Hello and welcome to Midweek Mayhem!
The place where we get to talk about anything and everything – including bikie gangs – which begs the question; should we call ourselves “the blogatero’s?”
As it much as it may come as a surprise, I’ve never really been attracted to “the bikie scene.”
It’s all just a bit too unkempt for my liking. And with the standard fashion consisting of aged black leather and torn denim, long greasy hair and generally poor hygiene, I still to this day, fail to see the attraction. I doubt I’d fit in anyway, even if I went for the ZZ Top look with the beard and sunnies, I’d probably end up looking like some demented effeminate leprechaun that would be more befitting a bogan Christmas tree decoration than a butch bikie.
In saying that though, one of my neighbours used to be a bikie and he occasionally reminisces about the camaraderie and ‘brotherhood’ that existed “in the old days.”
There’s no denying that some bikie gangs actually do some “good things.” The occasional charity run for sick children and so on.
They also happen to smash people’s heads in, engage in blood-ridden turf wars, execute random drive-by shootings, and pretty much run a large part of the country’s illicit drug distribution network.
In South Australia, the State Government has taken some pretty strident steps towards outlawing motorcycle gangs, and with the recent brutal murder at Sydney airport, there are calls for the outlawing of bikie gangs nationwide.
It seems that the police have pretty much allowed gangs to foster unfettered, and with their formidable fortress like premises, they can present an intimidating and unsettling presence when travelling in formation.
But is “banning” bikie gangs the “right” answer? Some people argue that there are legitimate motorcycle enthusiasts (the retired mum and dad types) that would suffer under such legislation if it were introduced.
What do you think? What is the answer to the increasing violence and all the societal problems that go hand-in-hand with the bikie gangs?
So rev up the hog, and let’s get cruisin…..