I've been asking - because those cases made me wonder - why the high incidences of gun-related crimes.
I mean, the crimes committed are not straight-forward snatch thefts or break-ins. Believe me, there is such a thing as a straight-forward crime.
You see, snatch thefts and house break-ins are not new...for as long as I can remember these things have been happening.
I've been witness in snatch-theft cases (in the 70s and 80s), even car-jacking (late 90s). My dad's house was broken into twice (in the 1973 and some time in the 80s). My own house was broken into in 1995.
You know those days, we blame the drug addicts.....
Anyway, the only difference now is that these crimes have become more violent, vicious.
In snatch-theft cases, the CRIMINALS are usually armed with a parang or knife or a grass cutter. They intend to hurt you. And the do. They slash you to frighten you.
In home invasion, they leave their victims injured and wounded.
There have been fatal cases in all these.
And then, of course, the use of guns by criminals.
This is unacceptable.
So I ask myself -- is this because the criminals are more desperate or that these are not your regular hard-up opportunistic perpetrator who just snatch your hand bag and flee or break into your house while everyone's asleep or out, take your stuff and flee.
So these days, you think they're drug addicts who've been on these violent sprees?
The world has changed. So too have our lives, our lifestyle and how we live our lives.
I hate to surmise and say "we live in dangerous times". Sometimes I grudgingly have to agree.
Those people committing those violent crimes these days are CRIMINALS who have no qualms about hurting, maiming or even killing their victims.
Seems to me they are hardened and seasoned. They know where to get the guns.
So yes...I've been asking that question.
I fear that these criminals feel that they can go about on their rampage because they know no one can stop them...
Still, I'm glad the police have taken note of these incidences and doing something about it.