Terrorised communities need our help... and less apathy from residents of leafy suburbs
When teams of hitmen carry out public executions, it's clear that gangland crime is a problem for everybody in Irish life, rather than for the inner-city communities being terrorised by it.
Organised crime threatens all of us because it challenges our values and sneers at our aspirations. Those killers are attacking society at large: we stand idly by at our peril.
Seven people dead in gang shootings in recent months, with an eighth likely to happen next week, next month - soon. This is an escalating law and order crisis, yet our leaders wring their hands and moan: "What can we do?" Or words to that effect. That's reason enough for alarm, but another is the level of public indifference to the deaths.