It appears no day – not even Mother’s Day – is exempt from the senseless violent crime that continues to plague our city. Sunday afternoon shots were fired into the crowd at the annual Mother’s Day Second Line in the Seventh Ward leaving 19 people, including two 10 year olds, wounded and bleeding. It’s been 6 years, 4 months and 1 day since the March on City Hall on January 11, 2007 which was spawned by the outrage over the murders of Helen Hill and Dinneral Shavers and here we are, still mired in violent crime all these years later. We have a different mayor, a different city council and a different police chief but nothing has changed in the lives of New Orleanians where gun violence is concerned.
Fortunately, as of now, there were no fatalities in this incident but there easily could have been multiple deaths. So far in 2013 there have been 60 deaths by murder in our city. In a city where murders and shootings are a weekly occurrence I’m afraid we’ve become desensitized to the horror. Where is our outrage today?