posted on Dec, 27 2012 @ 01:11 PM
Originally posted by jaynkeel
I live in WNY and can honestly say the city of Rochester is nothing but gangs and slum. So it doesn't surprise me in the least something like that
happened there. But disgusting is a word that comes to mind, and if I am not wrong I believe they have some pretty strict gun laws on the books there
as well, just cannot remember the specifics off the top of my head... Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the firefighters.
I'm not sure where you live in WNY, but Rochester is far from being all "gangs and slums" - maybe certain points in the middle of the city but the
majority of the area (and especially the surrounding areas, like Webster) are beautiful, peaceful, and full of nice people. I've lived here most of
my adult life (about 20 minutes from the city, not in Webster), and this definitely surprises me. Gun laws directly in the city may be strict (I
don't know for sure), but the majority of the area is fairly rural, and a LOT of people own guns. The shooter was a convicted felon, so it wasn't
even a case of gun laws not being in place (he obviously broke them to obtain the guns he had, still no word as to where he got them).
An additional nugget being reported at least in local news media, is that an officer (I believe off-duty) with a gun engaged the gunman. Didn't kill
him (he shot himself), but sounds like it was a big factor in preventing further violence.
Terrible event, and disgusting, my heart goes out to the families. It's unfortunate, but Evil does not take holidays off...
edit to add that I see jaykneel posted a response and a few others responded as well. I think there are definitely "rougher" areas of the city, but
overall nothing compared to most cities (in my opinion, I should look up crime rates). I was born and lived in detroit (and surrounding area) until I
was 11, and it was FAR worse than it was here, even an hour away from Detroit we had tons of gang violence.
Also, Jaykneel, did you by chance attend a private school in the rochester area while you were here (graduating in '01)? PM me if so, wondering if
you are an old friend
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