Feb 16 2009

CityView: Vancouver Is A Shooting Gallery

Published by at 10:32 pm under Current Events,Vancouver

I don’t know about you, but I’m not so happy about my city turning into a shooting gallery for gangsters with stupid grudges and poor marksmanship.

The latest tragedy was entirely preventable, if our judges would simply use existing sentencing options to lock up the bad guys instead of setting them free on bail.

Revolving door justice is not doing us unarmed civilians any favors.

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3 Responses to “CityView: Vancouver Is A Shooting Gallery”

  1. Maurice Cardinalon 17 Feb 2009 at 10:00 am

    Good point Jonathon, but it would also help if our government didn’t decide to start a war on drug lords and RUSH to clean up Vancouver before 2010 arrives.

    It’s like poking a stick into a hornet’s nest.

    It took thirty years to create the drug problem, and now they decide, because the Olympics are coming, that we have to clean it up in three?

    All it’s done is piss off a group of well armed gangsters who can’t, and won’t be pushed around like binners.

    Law enforcement uses issues like this to lobby the government for tax money for reinforcements and equipment. It happens exactly like this in all Olympic regions. I wrote about the process at length in my book, Leverage Olympic Momentum and have addressed it a few times in my blog over the years.

    When residents are scared out of their wits they will agree to anything for relief. It seems to be working. Timing is everything.

    It’s not a coincidence all the shooting started when Vancouver launched the “special anti drug force” in preparation for 2010.

    Maybe they should back off a bit and take it a little slower so more innocents don’t get killed.

    When the task force knocks a gangster out of business, the rest scramble to fill the void. The result is turf war, and that is exactly what we are witnessing.

    It’s basically a fight over customers.

  2. Jonathon Narveyon 17 Feb 2009 at 10:11 am

    I’m usually in 100 per cent agreement with you, M, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to disagree, here.

    The problem isn’t that the gangsters are shooting at cops, or even shooting at us regular civilian types on purpose. It’s that they’re endangering us by shooting at eachother with automatic weapons and piss-poor aim, and innocents are caught in the crossfire.

    The crackdown on the downtown eastside seems unrelated to the recent gun violence. As I understand it, most if not all of the recent incidents have occurred outside the downtown eastside. A lot of them are happening in the burbs.

    Drug dealers didn’t shoot at a woman on the highway because Bob the panhandler got ticketed for jaywalking on Main and Hastings.

    This latest spree of violence isn’t a reaction to what the cops are doing, so much as a natural development of unhampered drug trafficking in exchange for American guns and its imported gun culture, and a per capita drop in policing due to massive population growth.

    I think the solution in the short term is stronger sentencing of these lunatics to keep them off the streets, and possibly a larger police presence that matches what we’ve got in other Canadian cities.

  3. Maurice Cardinalon 18 Feb 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I don’t disagree that we need more stringent policing and longer incarceration, and it might provide a bit of short term relief, but a more effective short term solution would be to approach the challenge with a better plan instead of an all out war between law enforcement and gangs.

    Here’s what I wrote about this issue way back in 2005, it’s an excerpt from my book;

    “When the Olympic Bid is won a chain reaction law enforcement strategy is automatically engaged. It affects everyone including politicians and the public. Decisions are made that will change how residents of a community regard the world. As the Games draw near, your happy, laid-back community will slowly turn into a pseudo-military zone. You might not notice it at first, but shortly after winning the Bid, police forces will divide and separate the criminal hot zones in your community. The first thing to change will be the most visible sore spots.

    Neighborhoods that have the greatest potential to catch the eye of unaccredited media will be cleansed and prepped for gentrification. …

    It started as early as 2005 in Vancouver. …

    The manner in which it is done, and how it is presented to the public and media, has changed quite dramatically in the last ten years. It’s not easy to just push people out into the streets, so instead of doing it at the last minute, police forces are charged with slowly dividing the criminal element into small groups that will be easier to manage.

    Police take what was once a centralized problem in the core of the worst neighborhood in the city (Hastings and Main) and harass the main players until they move to the next block, and so on. It has an impact on two levels. First, most obviously, criminals leave the area. Secondly, it spreads the management of criminals out amongst a wider police base. People in neighboring communities must now learn to manage and absorb the cost of dealing with an overnight influx of stolen cars, house burglaries, robberies, and assaults on the street. It doesn’t really solve the homeless and crime problem. It simply spreads it out so it’s harder to see. Law enforcement, legal and judiciary systems in formerly quiet neighborhoods will also have to work a little harder to absorb the growth.

    Police also inject a dose of fear into the equation. Not just directed at criminals, but at the public too. When they do it is easier to justify going to politicians for more money to police the city. It works very well, and although it puts the entire community on edge it does create a climate where millions of dollars are spent to get the city up to Olympic speed, but without making it look like it is an Olympic expense. It’s a brilliant maneuver to get taxpayers to foot the bill. They’re so scared they don’t dare complain.

    The smarter that politicians and police departments are, the smoother the operation, and the less residents notice and complain. [Considering our recent gang violence, Vancouver obviously screwed up royally] It’s just the cost, and an effective method of doing Olympic business. Eventually, mistakes are made and politicians and police forces are called to task over their actions. Olympic organizations are experienced and prepared for all eventualities.

    Police forces use fear to raise funds, and unfortunately in some respects they are justified” end of excerpt

    This info was published three years ago, and just before before the BIG push to cleanse Vancouver of drug related gangs. I’m not clairvoyant. It’s based on research from studying occurrences in past Olympic regions. The similarities are too close to be coincidental.

    My argument is that politicians can’t justify the carnage just because the Olympics are coming to town.

    It should be managed more humanely and without Wild West bravado. Montreal is a perfect example of how to do it improperly and put the public at unnecessary risk. Children were blown up in the streets in an effort to rid the city of motorcycle gangs.

    Vancouver just barely dodged a bullet in that respect last week.

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