Friday 17 August 2018

Gun crime will only get worse if drugs trade keeps shooting up

Middle-class users in the leafy suburbs who think their indulgence doesn't hit other areas are in denial, writes Ian O'Donnell

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Ian O'Donnell

Gun crime is in the headlines after the horrific triple-shooting that took place in Bray Boxing Club last Tuesday. Public concern has been heightened by the fact that the slain man, Bobby Messett, was an innocent bystander who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Similarly, there is no suggestion that either of the men recovering from their injuries was involved in any form of criminality.

That such a brazen attack could take place in a seaside town on a weekday morning is a cause of serious concern. Seen against the background of the Hutch-Kinahan feud, it might be taken to imply that the law-and-order problem is spiralling out of control and that any one of us could find ourselves caught in the crossfire.

Thankfully, the evidence suggests otherwise.

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