Escalating gun crime - Ineffective sanctions

ALMOST 20 people have been shot to death in this country this year. Others have been terribly injured.

Others, usually innocent bystanders, have been traumatised and frightened. They are in an unviable position as they have to live with the possibility that they may be called to give evidence in any court case that might follow the gangland killing they were unfortunately caught up in.

The situation has become so serious that a young boy, a witness to a recent double murder, needed 24/7 armed protection while he was in hospital. In other cases witnesses were struck by amnesia.

Though this is unfortunate it is understandable because which of us knows how we might react if we were caught in similar situation?

The increasing violence and frequency of that violence confirm that these criminals are not in any way deterred by the sanctions society currently imposes.


Lifestyle

It couldn't be easier to add life to soil, says Peter Dowdall.It’s good to get your hands dirty in the garden

Kya deLongchamps sees Lucite as a clear winner for collectors.Vintage View: Lucite a clear winner for collectors

Their passion for the adventures of JK Rowling’s famous wizard cast a love spell on Cork couple Triona Horgan and Eoin Cronin.Wedding of the Week: Passion for Harry Potter cast spell on Cork couple

After in-depth explainers on Watergate and the Clinton affair in seasons one and two, respectively, Slate podcast Slow Burn took a left turn in its third season, leaving behind politics to look at the Tupac-Notorious BIG murders in the mid-1990s.Podcast Corner: Notorious killings feature in Slow Burn

More From The Irish Examiner