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11th-Oct-2009 05:10 pm
cannon
Last Saturday night was a bit exciting around 6:40pm or so. I was out back grilling a steak. Then KABOOM-POP! POP! POP! POP! POP-POP!

Gunfire. About a block away. I am ducking around the corner of my house to avoid strays

It sounded like a shotgun blast followed by something like a 38 special. We called it in to 911 and kept the kids away from the windows and doors. We waited, hoping the police would arrive.

A few minutes later, steak still on the grill, more popping and booms. This time it was fireworks. A few aerial displays. I was born on a day, but it wasn't yesterday. The sounds of a firework and a firearm are distinctly different. Now I knew very well where the shots were coming from. It also shows that the gun shots were either planned or expected.

We finished eating dinner.

We put the kids to bed.

We waited.

The police never came. There were no sirens.

This isn't the first time I have heard gunshots in this neighborhood. A few months ago I heard what sounded VERY much like 22 long rifle shots. I used to be on a small-bore rifle team in highschool. I know VERY well what those sound like.



Welcome to Tucson. Bring a flack vest.
Comments 
12th-Oct-2009 02:57 am (UTC)
While in general I support the second amendment, this is the sort of thing that makes me want a little more control on them somehow. I'd be really upset if any of you got shot because of stupid people.
12th-Oct-2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
If you want more control over the gun VIOLENCE then there are two things that need to be done: 1) more police presence, 2) more people owning firearms.

Tucson city council is horrible with regards to support of emergency services. The zoo seems to get plenty of funding. Local artists get plenty of grants. There are a couple of private businesses downtown that are operating rent free thanks to the city. Fire? Police? Nah... they get a budget cut.
12th-Oct-2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Have you checked out the graffiti in the washes?
Did another 'getting lost/ramble' down them last month and there's a definite increase and difference in the graffiti than what I observed from my last wander in your washes last year.

-Oddly enough, the washes were also a lot cleaner.... not as much junk.
13th-Oct-2009 04:57 am (UTC)
I can't agree. More civilians with guns means more half trained yahoos trying to take the law into their own hands while all that really happens is more bullets fly. Oh, and more guns are available to be stolen during break0ins.
13th-Oct-2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Not so long ago you were terrified of a new gun law that passed in Texas. You were afraid of frequent gun battles, violent vigilantism, and blood in the streets. It never happened.

Your assessment of how guns create violence is incorrect.
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