Barry Artiste Op/Ed
News of a woman gunned down with her 4 year old boy have many safely assume the dead woman to be the mother. Outrage among citizens call for action against what many say is rhetoric by an inactive justice system. Many are calling for the Attorney General Wally Oppals Resignation and a revamp of our lacklustre justice system.
One should be reminded though, tragic as it is, the current state of affairs has been going on for close to a decade, A decade of voters who time and time again votes for testicular deficient politicians, whose only goal it seems is collecting a hefty paycheque for little work. A society where complacency seems to be the norm, until it personally affects those directly.
This society has been given to uprising and protests when governments talk of getting tough on crime, resulting in politicians listening to the masses, despite their convictions and better judgement.
If citizens of BC want change, then you have to put your signature where your mouth is, as it seems lives speak louder than your vocal protests which go unheard.
There will be an election in the spring, so canvass your political candidate to publicly state serious time for serious crimes, and no bartering for jail sentences. Failure to do so will have us revisit this scenario for the next decade to come.
The victim was caught in a hail of bullets in the 96th Street and 148th area of Surrey, which left the 4-year-old boy apparently traumatized, but otherwise unharmed.
Just after 11:00 a.m. Monday, CTV Chopper 9 captured video of a white Cadillac sedan covered in a yellow tarpaulin, and parked on the sidewalk.
Police have confirmed the victim is a woman and a four-year-old boy was sitting in the back of the car at the time of the shooting.
RCMP Cpl. Dale Carr of the Integrated Homicide Team (IHIT) said he was "amazed" that the boy was unharmed. "He seems to be doing just fine," he said.