Guns and gangs, murder and mayhem — it sounds like the makings of another great murder mystery, except this time it’s real life in the Fraser Valley during the past two weeks.
Three infamous gangster brothers, Jonathan, Jarrod and Jamie Bacon, are linked to a drug gang known as the Red Scorpions. They live in Abbotsford, BC, under camera surveillance by the RCMP who have also issued a warning to the community “to steer clear of the Bacons, their family and friends” because rivals have been killing their associates, one by one, in locations around the lower mainland.
People are being shot down in apartment buildings, outside restaurants, in shopping malls, and innocent bystanders are being caught in the crossfire. It feels surreal. But how our communities are proposing to deal with it is just as bizarre.
In Langley where the most recent incident took place, the mayor in a TV news interview said that stopping the violence is “a legislative thing.” The brother-in-law of one of the victims thinks along the same lines, saying “[Attorney-General] Wally Oppal had better do something about it now.” On talk radio yesterday I heard a caller say, “Parliament has to outlaw the use of illegal firearms.” Oh, sure… just tell the gangs their weapons are illegal and no doubt they’ll hand them right over.
I can’t believe they think the solution is that simple. If it were, our communities would have been violence-free centuries ago. While I don’t know what the answer is, I know it won’t be discovered by expecting someone else to find it.