For some reason, the Bay Area has recently been home to a number of violent and senseless tragedies. In San Jose, on the night of August 17th, three people suffered injuries in two stabbings that the Mercury News reported may have been gang related. “In the first incident…three teenagers were standing near their vehicle in the parking lot…when they were jumped.”
A 17 and 19-year-old were stabbed, one suffering serious injuries. “In the second incident…9 to 10 assailants stabbed a 34-year-old man while he walked to a bus stop. He’s expected to recover from the stabbing…”
Last Thursday night, a man jumped to his death in the middle of a concert at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Earlier that day, another man committed suicide by leaping off a freeway overpass in San Jose. On Friday, Aug. 20, there were three unrelated killings in San Francisco, all within a 24-hour period. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a man was shot in the Oceanview neighborhood, another near the Alemany Housing Project, and a third was shot and killed in the Tenderloin District.
What is going on around here? When it rains, it pours…and lately, it’s been pouring blood.
Chronicle writer C.W. Nevius wrote a short piece on the recent death of a German tourist, an innocent bystander who was hit and killed by cross fire near Union Square. “It isn’t often that you hear a city police chief complain that there hasn’t been enough attention paid to a deadly shooting, but Chief George Gascon clearly has strong feelings about last week’s fatal shooting of a German tourist.”
“Although the incident was an international story for a day, Gascon says he is ‘outraged’ that it quickly dropped off the local radar.” “‘I did not get a single e-mail from anyone in the city concerned about this woman,’ he told the [police] commission. ‘I find this extremely troubling…this should not be a one-day story. We should be angry. We should be concerned. This is a human being that lost her life. And quite frankly, not engaged in any kind of risky activity. There was none of that here. I find that completely unacceptable.’”
Chief Gascon is absolutely right. People should be angry and concerned, but they’re not. They’re only numb, and almost conditioned to the violence that is always around them.