Jay Cronley: Killings a worry for police, politicians, too
BY JAY CRONLEY World Staff Columnist
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
7/17/12 at 4:44 AM
Here's a question we have been forced to ask ourselves: How can a person minimize the chances of being shot as an innocent bystander during one of our gangland or territorial or familial miniwars?
Innocent victims are being shot and wounded or killed as they sit in their homes watching television and as they shop for anything from toothpaste to electronics. It has far exceeded the isolated-incident stage.
Death or injury by stray bullet has happened so often that it has introduced into our routines a fear factor so real that stores of any type must be cased for firing lines. Shop away from all windows. Smart managers put the best items toward the rear of the store.
Few neighborhoods are guaranteed to be safe from errant gunfire.
The presence of an armed guard at the front of a store is a determining factor among some shoppers.
Some crime statistics are for the birds. The murder rate may be down; the murder rate among innocent victims couldn't be.
List of demands: A neighbor was killed by a stray bullet over the weekend as he shopped with his daughter. Imagine her horror.
Sometimes even being armed wouldn't help.
Something like this could be one explanation for the increase in Internet shopping.
He lived a couple of blocks over and was very friendly when seen during walks. Weather and construction were chief concerns when things were normal.
Here's what the murdered man's neighbors want.
More cops going after the gangs, around the clock.
No bail most times.
Higher bail the rest.
Parental responsibility when applicable.
One problem is that to some, prison is much better than what's on the outside.
Fix it, or someone else will: Here's the way other cities have handled problems with shots ringing out across the town.
For some while, Albuquerque was the jumping off point for bad characters flushed from Los Angeles.
I knew some people who lived there and said they were actually afraid to go outside after dark during periods when warring factions were ill at ease over things such as boundaries and colors.
People in cities where violence seems out of control say fix it or else, then they cast ballots based on who does what.
Original Print Headline: Killings a worry for police, politicians