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Obeying the law may help dodge a bullet

By   /   August 11, 2010  /   Comments

We can hardly put on a newscast these days without a story on a robbery, burglary, or home invasion in Albany, or one of our surrounding towns.

One of our biggest local stories last week was the wounding of a 15-year-old girl by a man who told police he was shooting at people who were kicking in his front door about 11 at night.

Luckily, she was only shot in the hand, and not in the heart.

We warned in another editorial that this was going to happen, and now it has.

Crimes like robbery, burglary or home invasions are now so frequent that people are fighting back, as we predicted. We’ve reported on multiple newscasts that citizens are arming themselves, and when people start shooting, the innocent and the guilty may be the one to catch a bullet.

In this atmosphere, it’s even more important that parents obey Albany’s minor curfew law. We have done dozens of stories on the curfew law, but the wounding of the girl last week proves that the law is being ignored.

Parents have a legal responsibility to ensure that their minor children are indoors by 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight Friday and Saturday nights.

People who break the law invite an armed response by law-abiding citizens. Parents need to make sure their children aren’t breaking the laws against curfew violation or any other laws. It might keep the child alive.

Jim Wilcox1Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.

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  1. Truth B Known says:

    With so much going on in Albany,crime rate,and they say it s going down.Bull larkie.If you do not want to see the end of a gun,it s simple,just leave other peoples stuff alone.If it does not belong to you,leave it be.I hate some one so youg got shot,but,WHERE WERE THE PARENTS? I know with jobs hard to find it s hard to keep an eye on your kids 24 hours a day.But that is your job also,or at least to make sure someone is watching them.People are scared more today than they have been,with all right to be. When you call the police (and i am not saying it is all there fault) and it takes them 20 min. to get to you,you sometimes have to make a choice of if it Thee or Me.You never know what can happen in 2 min. much less 20.People work hard for what they have,and i cant blame them for wanting to protect it.But you also have to think,a Life,is not a thing.It is ever lasting.And some people have been known to take a life for some little something. And that is what they are,Things.But when it comes to protecting your life,How do you tell if someone is going to take yours?All i can do is Pray for things to change.But that takes all of us.Not the City of Albany,they could care less.Untill something like this happens.Why wait.Inforce curfews,you just may save a life.

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