Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner and Public Safety Minister Mike Morris are expected to make an announcement about the gun violence in Surrey today at 2 pm , which CKNW will cover live.
Surrey has already seen 32 shootings this year. The year before, there were 47 shootings.
The Vancouver Sun’s Kim Bolan points out this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a spike in shootings.
“It’s Surrey today. But we’ve seen the same situation on the South Slope of Vancouver, we’ve seen it in Abbotsford, we’ve seen it in Prince George. I mean this is happening around the province. There’s a proliferation of handguns that are in the hands of younger and younger people, people that are maybe not using them in the wisest of ways.”
And she says the gangsters are getting younger and younger.
“You know when I started on this beat I would say that people who had access to firearms were higher up in the food chain when it came to the drug trade. Now you see 17, 18, 19-year-olds who maybe previously would only have had a knife or their fists to take out an opponent and they now have firearms and this kind of shooting between cars, I mean it’s extremely troubling. And we really are lucky that we haven’t had some bystander shot or killed.”
And she says while everyone’s talking about the problem, the time to take action is BETWEEN the rashes of shootings.
“This has been a problem in this province going back 15 or 20 years now. We still have no comprehensive province-wide anti-gang curriculum in the schools. Why don’t we have that?”
Bolan was speaking on The Jon McComb Show on CKNW.