by Brian DuBreuilPosted: Jan 17, 2012 4:13 PM ETLast Updated: Jan 17, 2012 4:13 PM ET
It was not the way anyone wanted to start the New Year.
After a year in which Halifax set a record for homicides with 17, at
approximately 12:30am on New Year's day a 16 year-old was shot in the face at
the Dartmouth Sportsplex bus terminal.
Fortunately, he survived.
Since then there have been five more
shootings in HRM: that's a record-setting pace of one shooting every three days.
It's the continuation of a trend that is seeing more guns on the street and more
criminals who don't hesitate to use them.
Consider these numbers:
In 2009 there were 55 shooting incidents in HRM - everything from shots
fired at cars or houses, to people being shot, and sometimes killed.
In 2010 that number dropped slightly to 45.
Last year the numbers skyrocketed to 75. That's one shooting every 4.8
Police say the reason is simple. As more people involved in crime arm
themselves, their peers or competitors feel they have to get guns too, and so it
Halifax police spokesman Cst. Brian Palmeter says getting guns off the
street is a top priority. Palmeter calls these record high gunplay numbers "the
storm before the calm." He says police are targeting known criminals, and are
taking a lot of guns off the street. And while we obviously aren't seeing the
results of that campaign yet, Palmeter is confident we will soon start seeing
fewer shootings in Halifax.
Well, we've decided to see if that's the
case. We have created a gun violence data base: an interactive map so you can
track the shootings where they happen and when.
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