Saturday, October 06, 2007

Nero Fiddled, Menino Echoed

Alternate Post Title: Yeah, But THIS Time He REALLY Means It

Stop me when you detect a pattern here.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino - May 2006:

Holding lukewarm cups of coffee, and finally deciding to ditch their soaked and useless umbrellas, the crowd walked from Dorchester Avenue up Talbot to Codman Square, down Washington Street to Columbia Road, and finally to Geneva Avenue, another Boston street that has seen many shootings.

"This shows the commitment of the community," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who wore gym shoes and a jogging suit. "It takes the community to come forward and say that enough is enough."

Boston Mayor Tom Menino - July 2007

"In late May, one of our Boston Police officers was shot by a young person using an illegal gun. Fortunately, this shooting was not fatal. However, 8-year-old Liquarry Jefferson was not nearly as fortunate last week. His heartbreaking death, which has shaken our entire community, occurred because there was an illegal gun in the bedroom where Liquarry and his 7-year-old cousin were playing. Enough is enough."

"Mayors from across the country, who are on the front lines of public safety, are saying enough is enough," said Mayor Menino. "It is time Washington stopped ignoring the violence caused by illegal guns every day."

Boston Mayor Tom Menino - October 2007:

Clergy and Hub leaders are demanding action after a 13-year-old church-going Dorchester boy became an innocent victim of reckless city gunplay, warning that the community faces an “urban nightmare” if it doesn’t fight back now.


Mayor Thomas M. Menino echoed that sentiment yesterday at a press conference with Police Commissioner Edward Davis.

Menino echoed.

I couldn't have put it any better myself.

"We need to stand up and say, 'Enough is enough,'" Menino said. "We can take back the streets and start a new era of hope."

So, once again, Menino says "enough is enough" and he's gonna "take back the streets". Now, where have we heard that one before?