OUR VIEW: There’s nothing ‘low-level’ about Surrey shootings

Language will not change the laws of physics. Flying bullets are dangerous, no matter how police seek to verbally massage the situation.

Language will not change the laws of physics. Flying bullets are dangerous

People engaged in minor conflicts shoot at each other with rubber bands.

People engaged in minor conflicts do not shoot at each other with guns and bullets.

A Surrey RCMP press release indicates the Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Unit has determined that the shooting in Newton on Dec. 7 – the 54th local shooting since March, when a flurry of them spurred reporters to start keeping count – was motivated by a “minor conflict in the street level drug trade.”

Thank goodness those bullets that ripped into a house, and casings strewn over the street, weren’t related to a “major” conflict. Thank goodness all that hot lead flying through the neighbourhood was only related to a “minor” conflict.

How comforting.

Last month a Surrey man was charged with 15 crimes, including two counts of assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats toward police, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a restricted weapon, careless use of a firearm with ammunition, possession of a prohibited device and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Thank goodness, as police alleged, he was only involved in the city’s “low level” drug trade.

Imagine if it were “high level?”

Gosh, what then?

Language will not change the laws of physics. Flying bullets are bloody dangerous, no matter how police seek to verbally massage the situation.

Surrey residents want these shooters off the streets, period.

Now that would be comforting.

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