Our View: Cowards protected by silence

As a society, we must confront this social evil and condemnation must be comprehensive, universal.

It takes a special kind of coward to shoot at somebody, or shoot at a house, from a moving vehicle.

Sadly these cowards are either in abundance in the Lower Mainland, or we have a handful who are prolific in their administration of mayhem on our streets.

There was a time, and not too many years ago, when drive-by shootings were virtually unheard of in these parts.

This sort of thing only happened in Los Angeles, not here.

They have now become the norm. Just look at the shooting off 270B Street in Aldergrove last week, where a home was riddled with bullets. Then over the weekend, there were three more shootings reported in Surrey.

Police and the courts certainly have an integral role in addressing this scourge, but it has become abundantly clear they are not going to put an end to the wanton violence by themselves.

It would help, however, if judges set some strong precedents by slapping some seriously stiff prison sentences on convicted drive-by shooters.

Sane people have to wonder what processes are involved in creating the kind of person who ends up in a vehicle with a gun, ready to shoot.

Enough already.

According to English common law, on which our system is based, silence betokens consent.

If your silence is contributing to the problem, hang your head in shame.

We can’t leave this all up to the police. As a society, we must confront this social evil and the condemnation must be comprehensive, and universal.

It’s too close to home.

– Black Press

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