Gunshots! Shouldn't just the word make people take notice?
Well, apparently not in the area where I live, where the sounds of gunshots do not shock or scare or provoke any action – barely a news report.
I was looking for a contact address for our Ward's Councilman when I came across his crime reports. Further checking showed that 100 (one HUNDRED) shots were fired between October 1st and November 30th 2007 Washington Post article
100 shots over a period of 61 days!!!
Apparently "only" 11 people were injured so the success rate of those shots was not great – more practise required perhaps??
But, in all seriousness though, this is not the wild west. This is Washington DC. This is the supposed capital of the free world. This is just ONE Ward of Washington DC!! There are 8 wards in DC and we are not the worst violence-wise.
Now lest you think I did not do my research before buying into this neighborhood – I did diligently check report sites and list servs dedicated to recording crime in this area. Admittedly it was a bit scary but the " super violent" crime was not too bad, at least relative to the worst areas of the city! Apparently the neighbourhood took a downward spiral basically the very week we moved in!!
Isn't anyone worried about this except for myself and my Councilman? If those 100 shots had resulted in 100 deaths surely people would be upset!
We have CCTV coverage and gunshot triangulation systems (how it works) but for all that we do not have many arrests and obviously these measures do not act as deterrents.
I don't know what the answer is but I am a little shocked at how nonchalantly unconcerned we are about it!
Anyone want to come visit me?