Tag Archives: Guns

Times are tough even for gang members

Hence the “community gun”

Hidden and shared by a small group of people who use them when needed, and are always sure to return them, such guns appear to be rising in number in New York, according to the police. It is unclear why. The economy? Times are tough — not everyone can afford a gun. “The gangs are younger, and their resources are less,” said Ed Talty, an assistant district attorney in the Bronx.

Or perhaps it’s not that there are more communal guns, but rather, that they are easier to identify through forensic science.

“We get a lot more ballistic matches than we ever have before,” Lieutenant Ruane said. “It’s amazing. You go, how the hell did that match up to that shooting? It’s a different command, a different borough, Brooklyn or something.”

The two men who opened the Bronx mailbox may have been momentarily surprised by what they found inside — nothing. But they simply went to another hiding spot in the building, in a bag under the stairs, the police said. The building was routinely referred to as “Vietnam,” a name coined during more violent times in the 1980s.

There was the gun.

Road Sign Kill

Road sign kill

Road sign kill 

Road sign kill

We take a gravel road short cut to and from the lake many trips.  Here are a couple of signs from our last few trips to the lake and you can see what they all have in common.  I’ll let you judge the shooters and I am not in a position to throw the first stone here.  I am assuming the rather large holes in the second signs are shotgun slugs but I am open to different explanations.

Domestic Assault

As I was coming home last night, I noticed numerous police cars a couple blocks over and there was police tape everywhere around the church a block north in the 1500 block 1700 block of Avenue D.  Apparently a six year old girl was found with life threatening injuries and was shot during a domestic assault in the room next to her.  They apprehended two suspects later on in the morning and are looking for a third.

I was shocked to hear this.  Having grown up in Saskatoon since 1984, there has been lot’s of knife incidents but you rarely hear of a gun incident.  Considering our block and the neighborhood has grown a lot quieter, it’s a shock when you hear of this just a couple houses down from you.

Jared Diamond

Wendy, myself and about 1500 people went and saw Jared Diamond at TCU Place tonight.  He was what I expected.  Witty, gracious, concise, and profound.  He talked mostly of his work in Collapse but offered up some thoughts on the global economic collapse and global warming.  Sadly for a lot of defeated Liberal candidates, he offered up the best apologetic of the Green Shift that I have heard.  Too bad it came out now instead of prior to election day as it would have contributed greatly to the election debate.

I have some more thoughts on his talk and his book Collapse but that is for another night.  Tonight I need some sleep.