Gun Crime – It’s an almost everyday event these days

The Liverpool Echo has the latest gun crime ‘event’ on its web site (this time in Bootle) see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shots-fired-bootle-street-children-14971390

Worryingly, there is every danger that we will start to see gun crime incidents as normal every day events as the media relentlessly churn them out. Normalising may creep up on us when we should be treating each event as totally unacceptable in a civilised society.

Liverpool & Merseyside Gun Crime – Why is it rising?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/revealed-toxic-cocktail-led-shootings-14213654

The Liverpool Echo has the most worrying of stories on its web site – see link above

This is a very good article by Joe Thomas and its worth reading it through to gain a better understanding of the worrying and seemingly ever rising gun crime crisis across Merseyside in recent years.

Maghull – Shooting in Parkbourn

Parkbourn Square

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/police-show-house-damaged-shotgun-14210142

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

If memory serves I seem to recall a previous shooting in Parkbourn from 2013

With thanks to Keith for the lead to this posting

Southport – Gun violence erupts yet again on Merseyside’s streets

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/three-shootings-18-hours-its-14070344

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

This is in danger of becoming almost an everyday story across Merseyside as the culture of guns looms larger every passing week, or so it seems.

Can Merseyside Police get on top of the problem or is it already something that has effectively been lost control of? There can’t be many communities across the Liverpool City Region where discharges of guns have not taken place over the past few years so sadly my gut feeling is that our under resourced Police are really struggling to keep the lid on rising gun crime. Having said that it would probably be a false hope for us to think that simply increasing the number of Police would solve our gun crime problem; it would certainly help but guns are I fear becoming embedded in our society.

We may not glorify guns as many Americans do but neither do we seem to know how to stop our society slipping ever further towards one where guns are an everyday tool for those involved in crime.

And to cap it all the BBC is running this sobering story about armed Police in Liverpool:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-42458403

Formby, Maghull, Bootle, Netherton & Sefton Borough generally – Gun Crime Concerns

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/fears-liverpool-city-gun-crime-13300452

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site as written from the perspective of Formby’s Independent Councillor Maria Bennett – see link above.

I lose track of how many times I have blogged about gun crime in Sefton Borough and indeed across Merseyside and yes it does seem to be a worsening problem that is before us on an almost daily basis.

I recall only too well how Maghull found itself in the middle of an outbreak of gun crime in 2013 which led to Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, being brought in to speak directly to concerned locals at a meeting held in Lydiate Primary School. To be honest she spoke well in trying to calm local fears and thankfully the spate of Maghull shootings has not been repeated. However, shootings and gun crime are an almost every day event in some Merseyside communities and I think it fair to say that many folks will feel, with some considerable justification, that the situation looks to be almost out of anyone’s control.

Maria Bennett is right to raise this issue once again because gun crime is an issue that will one day be an every day event in virtually every community if ways to effectively combat it are not found soon. And quite obviously a fully resourced Merseyside Police Force is required to lead that fight.

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Litherland shooting

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/residents-report-scrambler-bikers-firing-13226609

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

Here we go again, yet more shootings on Merseyside this time in Sefton Borough. Is it just me or are we fast losing a semblance of being able to control guns on our streets as these incidents are now an almost daily occurrence?

Worrying times indeed.