Apr 09 2009

CityView: Vancouver’s Gangsters Overrated?

Vancouver’s gangstas are getting international attention. That got confirmed for me a few weeks back when my father-in-law called from Hong Kong to request that my wife and I keep indoors and away from windows for the foreseeable future.

Of course the upswing in violence in our Olympic city was too tasty an angle to ignore. On top of our relentless problems in the Downtown Eastside, we’re getting a bit of a black eye, here.

Interesting bit from Raincoaster, who notes that if you don’t want to get shot, you really ought to spend more time in the Downtown Eastside.

I believe an apt punishment for our Lower Mainland gangsta-losers would be to construct a reality show a la the Running Man, based around parachuting them into Brazilian favelas or the sketchier parts of LA County and seeing how they match up against the real deal.

Or perhaps a more old-skool Canadian approach would be appropriate. Off to the stockade with ye armed rascals.
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3 Responses to “CityView: Vancouver’s Gangsters Overrated?”

  1. Maurice Cardinalon 09 Apr 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I can see the whites of your eyes.

    Maybe you should squint.

  2. raincoasteron 10 Apr 2009 at 3:48 am

    I like this idea. We can use them the way dog fight organizers use bait dogs.

  3. Erika Rathjeon 11 Apr 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Nice photo, Jonathon.

    I’d like to see them put to good use… er, I mean, put to good work… on farms or something like that. Like the old days when prisoners had to do hard labour — but ethical treatment would be necessary. I don’t know whether that’s a capital punishment type idea or whether it’s very smart… but everyone works, right? They need to earn their keep somehow. Just don’t build the prison on the farmland (I’m talking to you, Campbell!). It may be that working in gardens could be therapeutic.

    A letter writer to the Sun expressed their dismay at seeing a large photo of a well-dressed Bacon brother on the front page, how we glamourise violence and gangsters and that this portrayal is just contributing to it. Another pointed out that good people like volunteers doing community work never get that kind of coverage. So maybe we should just stop paying (media) attention to these guys and let the police do their fine work.

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