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By Lindsey Slater
December 13, 2009
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A fight ended in gunshots Sunday morning outside the Granada. One person was reportedly shot and taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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I'm so glad I don't go out anymore.
Was there a hip hop revue going on that night?
Prune's first instinct. Blame it on hip-hop/black culture.
4-6 shots fired
1 person shot/injured
1 police officer battered
1 block away from the police station
Yes, Rickey but the thing is he's correct!
Does the LPD really use assault rifles, or is Channel 6 just throwing around politically charged words?
Ok Ricky lets see what happens when the Pat Green show lets out next month.
"politically charged words" assault rifle?
I believe the anchor was quoting an eye witness. Plus, what else would you call an assault rifle? How is that politically charged? Should a newstation censor these type of details? Being a little PC are we?
Sorry Ricky but its true.... and thats coming from the most liberal county in the state of Kansas.
If the witness said the police pulled out an atomic bomb, would Channel 6 mention that, or would they seek to clarify?
lf this hasn't already been done, it might be worth doing a study of past incidents of this type in Lawrence to see if there is enough evidence to prove a correlation between hip-hop music acts (including hip-hop DJ shows) and felony assaults involving gunfire on Lawrence streets.
It seems to me that these downtown gunfights where an assailant fires into a crowd of pedestrians at 2 a.m., and the highway gunfights that occur minutes later as contending parties are fleeing town, almost exclusively involve young people who reside in Topeka and Kansas City.
You don't have to be a music editor to recognize the brazen aggressiveness of attitude and action that is characteristic of hip-hop. Its appeal seems to be strongest in groups of aggressive young people who live in nearby large cities who are attracted here to enjoy it, but who in too many cases also "enjoy" the acting out of physical aggression that is described and romanticized in the lyrics of this type of music.
I guess what strains my sense of humor are the many incidents of shootings, fights and knifings after these shows, the number of people wounded, the number of patrol officers who get assaulted. The shootings alone menace thousands of Lawrence citizens who live downrange of the gunfire, as well as the property of many dozens of commercial enterprises located mostly, but certainly not exclusively, in the downtown blocks.
So if a study of these shootings and large-scale street disturbances establishes that hip-hop music was a factor in a disproportionately high ratio of incidents when compared to other types of music, then instead of shutting down the Granada and other local music venues, the city should consider passing an ordinance that bans the booking at public establishments of all hip-hop music acts, whether the acts involve a live band or a DJ.
These street fights are terrifying events, and if we can identify and remove the explosive before it can be detonated then I think we have a responsibility to do that. If hip-hop music is the "social gunpowder" that sets off these battles, then ban it in our city. Let these amped-up, contentious, trigger-happy Topeka and Kansas City people stay home and kill one another on their own home turf. Leave us the hell out of it.
So, is the Granada where all the Club Axis patrons go now?
The Granada has to know what acts might have trouble. While it sounds they did an OK getting the fight outside, looks bad for them to have them shoot it out outside. This city has had a history of closing these types of clubs before, I would think about who you bring it. I like the Granada, but shooting like this happens every few months, and that's not good.
Soldiers carry assault rifles. Policemen carry patrol rifles.
Major difference. Google it and find out for yourself.
Seen on a t-shirt while on Mass street downtown, "Hugs for thugs."
Glorification at it's best. (/sarcasm)
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