Thursday, August 24, 2006

Life in the Victim Disarmament Zone

This one's from my neck of the woods.

Man shot during daylight robbery in Roslindale

A man was shot twice on the sidewalk in front of his home during a robbery this morning in a quiet neighborhood in Roslindale.

I've got bad news for the scumbag who shot him. There is NO WAY the city's gonna let him keep his License to Carry a firearm after doing something like that.

The victim, who police did not identify, is expected to live.

He must have been wearing a pair of those self-defense sneakers the heavily-armed Boston Police Department officials speak so highly of.

At about 9:12 a.m., a neighbor heard two gunshots followed by cries for help. The neighbor rushed outside and provided first aid to the man, who was lying on the sidewalk on the 800 block Canterbury Street.

"I've been shot! I've been shot!" the victim told the neighbor. "Don't let me die!"

The man had been hit two bullets, neighbors said, one in the right shoulder and another in the right side. The victim told the neighbor who rushed to his aid that an assailant had tried to rob him.

The victim had been living in the usually quiet neighborhood of two-and-three family wood frame homes for about three years, neighbors said.

"I've lived here for 44 years and nothing ever happens here," said Salvatore DeLorenzo. "This is the first time that we've had a shooting here."

Police said the investigation is ongoing. There have been no arrests.

Big shocker there.

Of course, had the victim here gone down to BPD headquarters last month and asked for permission from his Excellency to carry a gun, for the purposes of defending himself from just this kind of assault, he'd have be told, in no uncertain terms, to go pound sand.

Law-abiding citizen: Mayor Menino, I was wondering if I could get permission from you to carry a firearm to protect myself and my family from the gun violence that's plaguing your fair city.

Mayor Menino: Drop dead.

It has been ruled, by mayoral edict, that Boston residents* lack the mental capacity required to operate a simple piece of machinery, about as complicated as a pencil sharpener, in order to provide for their own personal safety and well-being.

The alternative which is thusly forced upon them by our benevolent leaders is to rely on the "kindness and mercy" of individuals who have absolutely no qualms over shooting you for the spare change in your pocket at 9:00 in the morning.

Remember, kids, just call 911.

After all, someone has to fill out the incident report.

And string up the crime scene tape.

And pick up the shell casings (if they remember to).

And drive the ambulance.

And pull the slugs out of your chest.

And process your HMO paperwork.

And notify your family.

And (try to) track down the shooter.

And hose off the sidewalk.

Just think of it as one of Mayor Menino's most successful jobs creation programs to-date.

*Excluding, of course, the white, wealthy, politically-connected variety

(link via Adam G. at Universal Hub)

UPDATE: Channel 4 is reporting the man was shot inside his home.

A man robbed and shot in his own home in Roslindale Thursday morning is recovering at Boston Medical Center and is expected to be o.k.

The unidentified man, who is said to be about 50 years old, was shot in a house on Canterbury Street just after 9 a.m.

He was found lying in his neighbor's front yard.

The man was able to talk to police when they arrived, and he told them he had been robbed.

Police are looking for two men who drove away in a red Volkswagen Jetta.

Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police.