COLUMBUS, Ohio – the Police in the country have urged residents against the dangerous practice of shooting off guns to celebrate the New Year and warned of criminal prosecution against those who do.
In Columbus, Ohio, Deputy police chief Richard Bash said Friday that the police will charge anyone who is firing a gun on New Year’s Eve.
Bash said the shooting is dangerous and binds officers, who must investigate numerous gunfire reports. If people can safely record evidence of a shooting on their phones that they have to submit to the police, ” he said.
“We need to change culture,” Bash said. “We need the community to step up and say, ‘This is not the behavior that we want.” When that happens, it will help.”
The city has recorded a record high of 142 murders this year, which is three above the total set in 1991 during the crack epidemic.
The police in Kansas City, Missouri, have also warned residents against firing guns in celebration, and told them to call 911 if they see someone shoot and try to talk friends and family out of the idea, according to Sgt. Jake Becchina.
The problem in particular appeals in Kansas City, where an 11-year-old girl died after being struck by a stray bullet on July 4, 2011.
The police in Florida want an end to celebratory gunfire, that Freddy Ramirez, the Miami-Dade Police Deputy Director, calls “irresponsible.”
“We try to educate our children for a safer world, and as adults we are cranking rounds into the air — is unacceptable,” Ramirez said on Thursday a press conference .
The girl killed in Kansas City is far from the only victim of such parties. In 2015, a man to look to the New Year with fireworks from his driveway in southeast Houston was killed by a stray bullet from celebratory gunfire nearby. Later that year, a 16-year-old girl was struck and killed by a stray bullet as she sat on a sofa in her house in College Park, southwest of Atlanta, on 4 July.
Columbus resident Lisa Boggs made ends celebratory gunfire a personal cause, six years ago. She was on the phone with her son on new year’s eve, when they touch the floor, by the sound of gunfire.
“It was like in Baghdad. Gunshots were so intense,” said Boggs, 57, who lives in the city’s west side. She said that she has spent the past few days going door-to-door in her neighborhood to try to inform people about the danger.
“A moment of celebration, a time of deceit, may mean a life of pain and grief should one of those bullets come down,” Boggs said.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached on Twitter https://twitter.com/awhcolumbus.