It actually starts early Friday mornings as the bars close down in Wichita’s Old Town. The police radios come to life with urgent cops’ voices … calling for back-up … calling for ambulances … trying to control the noisy crowds that can be heard in the background.
Four weekends in a row police have answered “shots fired” calls in Old Town. Last time, the bullets passed near the police officers.
Police say they’re doing all they can, short of flooding the area with dozens of officers at closing time. But there are no guarantees that would stop the clowns with the guns, and there are other night spots closing down in the city at the same time.
Business owners in Old Town really don’t need the kind of news coverage gunfire creates in the most popular entertainment area in Wichita. Everyone wants to feel safe in Old Town, a source of great community pride. Can anything else be done to ensure public safety? Sorry, I’m at a loss on this one.
Our thought for today is from James Thurber:
“There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.”