Home of the California International Air Show, The California Rodeo and The National Steinbeck Center. Nicknamed “The Salad Bowl Of The World”. Welcome to Salinas, California. A great place to live, and apparently die.
As of midnight 1/15/2009, Salinas has had 6 homicides and 10 shootings. The population of Salinas is about 150,000. So with the help of teachers who, 35 years ago, would kick my ass if I didn’t pay attention in class, and if the ammo holds out, these are the figures I came up with for 2009: We’re on course to have 145 homicides and 243 shootings. If you live in Salinas you have a 1 in 1034 chance of being murdered. Or, if you would only like a little pain, you have a 1 in 617 chance of being shot.
Most of this is assumed to be “gang related”. But since the on again off again, start it up, shut in down “Gang Task Force”, is all part-time personnel, no one is really sure. Just don’t park for 92 minutes in a 90 minute zone. They’ll get you every time. Our Mayor has however taken action. So far he has “fasted for peace” twice. This is a good thing. The fat bastard needs to loose some weight. You know, his health and all.
Now that you’re in a happy uplifting mood, I’ll tell you why I mentioned this “good” news. Bloggers seem to be the eyes and ears of common folks all over our country. Is this kind of behavior increasing everywhere, or just certain areas? The total disregard for human life. The kill or be killed mentality. Is it just here? Or do you see more and more brutal crimes in your communities also? And if so, any ideas why? Are people just becoming more evil?
“Guns don’t kill people. Husbands who come home early kill people”
**CLARIFICATION** After I put this Post up, I had second thoughts and decided to clarify a point. “I am not against gang-bangers killing gang-bangers”. As a matter of fact, as long as they are killing each other, and “only” each other, it’s good for the economy. Look at all the people they help keep employed: Gun mfg’s. Ammo mfg’s. Used car lots (needed for drive-by’s). The police, fire and medical personnel. Coroner’s offices and funeral homes, just to name a few. Not to mention the jobs that open up when they quit showing up for work. So if they want to kill each other, be my guest. A bit of advise though: Learn how to us your damn gun so you hit what your aiming at, not a innocent by-stander.