Premier Christy Clark was in Surrey on Tuesday (April 28) to presumably send the message that her provincial government is on the case concerning all the shootings weâ€™ve been having since the beginning of March.
Clark said there is but two outcomes for gangsters: â€œOne is a jail cell. One is a grave.â€
The third, which has become all too painfully obvious, is possessing the ability to speed around Surreyâ€™s streets, shooting at your rival drug dealers, while politicians utter shallow yet catchy platitudes.
Itâ€™s like a song: â€œBad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Grow old and rich waiting for them to come for you?â€
Clarkâ€™s afternoon visit to Surrey, for those who are keeping track, was sandwiched between two more shootings, one at 3 a.m. Tuesday, the other at 10:30 p.m.
That makes for 25 shootings in Surrey and North Delta in eight weeks. One was fatal. Thatâ€™s a little more than three shootings per week, and only one arrest to show for them all.
Whilst here, the premier announced her government will make a one-time contribution of $270,000 to Surreyâ€™s Wraparound Program, or Wrap, set up to step in when students display signs of gangsterism.
All fine, but when you deal in billion-dollar budgets, and $270,000 represents maybe the price of one wall in a house in Metro Vancouver, itâ€™s kind of like tossing a nickel at the bankrupt, no?
Meanwhile, Delta Police have set up a mobile tower-cam trailer at 80th Avenue and Scott Road. The 30-foot tower houses four high-resolution cameras and is intended to deter crime and assist police as they investigate these shootings.
Maybe they should call it the Alamo.