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8-year-old Boy Hit by Stray Bullet While Lying in Bed
Neighbors heard shots... then screams
On Sunday night on Rothington Road, “five or six” shots rang out in the small apartment complex community in Dallas. An 8-year-old boy who lived in the neighborhood was shot while laying in his bed on the second story of the building.
The neighbors who cooperated with the police (not exactly a popular thing to do in areas like this) claim to have seen a white pickup truck leaving the scene, but police have stated they have no suspect information to provide.
This situation, like many violent crimes running rampant in the DFW area, very often goes unsolved due to how easily perpetrators are able to flee the scene. Take, for instance, this road rage shooting from 2007, which remains unsolved after more than a decade.
Police say Ken Woolsey's wife was cautiously driving through a construction zone on Abrams Road when the driver behind them became impatient. The tailgater pulled up alongside the Woolseys' vehicle and fired one shot, striking Ken in the head.
"I obviously didn't know the extent of what happened to him, and so I thought, 'Oh, boy, he'd been shot. How long is this going to take, and what it's going to require before he can get well," said father Byron Woolsey.
Ken Woolsey died hours after the shooting with his family at his bedside.
Low-trust societies with high levels of cultural conflict will continue to have more of these problems. Increased police presence can help, but cities themselves have an illness that will not be solved by increased funding or “community policing”. It’s a terrifying thought that you can do everything in your power to keep your children safe in big cities, but your children may not even be safe asleep in their beds on the second story of your apartment.
Even the liberal rag, The Houston Chronicle, is reporting issues with policing in big cities, specifically in black neighborhoods.
The Houston Police Department is now responding to top-priority calls at the slowest rate since the 1990s, a Houston Chronicle investigation has found.
HPD Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite, who oversees patrol operations, acknowledged the issue.
“We understand we have a problem. It's extremely concerning,” Satterwhite told the Chronicle. “When people are calling, they're expecting a response. Every day we think, ‘Are we doing everything we can to try to meet that demand and be the department the public expects us to be?’”
Cities need to get fixed, but our current cultural sensibilities around the methods required to do this properly prohibit any real change. Policing methods like stop and frisk or broken window policing do work, but they would only be the start of an actual campaign to make cities safe to live in again. In the meantime, move your kids out of town, and I don’t mean just to Frisco or Grapevine; get out of the metroplex entirely. Don’t wait until things like this begin to happen to families at your church or, God forbid, your family itself.
There is, of course, another solution.
El Savador lowered its murder rate by 56.8% in 2022 with a widespread crackdown on gang violence. This included dramatic increases in incarceration and even suspending constitutional rights in order to combat crime. This led to over 60,000 arrests in one year.
Leftists of course hate the idea of cracking down on crime.
Maybe it’s time we stop letting criminals destroy our cities.
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