“Simmons and Hackney are clearly taking this on from a “racial equity” standpoint, but I find it hilarious that two people who want to disarm you because of what criminals do are willing to propose a bill that reduces the penalty for what criminals actually do.”
I came of age in the 1990s, the era of drive-by shootings. They were talked about in the media and appeared in popular culture. Unlike many things like that, though, drive-bys represented a real problem.
See, when gangs drove by and started shooting, they weren’t too particular about who they hit. They just hosed the area down with rounds and then left.
If gangbangers were just shooting each other, I don’t know how many of us would muster the ability to care. The problem is that it wasn’t limited to just other gang members. It was anyone who disrespected a gang member and anyone who happened to be standing nearby when the shooter came looking for retribution.
And in the almost 30 years since, they haven’t exactly gone away.
By Tom Knighton