A recent gas station murder clearly demonstrates that Kansas City Proper is so far gone that not even hopeful election cycle talk is going to help much.
This year-end crime gets to the heart of the cowtown crime problem. It’s not a question of socio-economics, disparity or even drugs and gangs.
In the end, this week’s gas station murder shows us that in the most violent sections of Kansas City there just isn’t any respect for life.
The jaw dropping detail to back up this statement: In The Aftermath Of Recent Gas Station Killing A Customer Stepped Over Dead Clerk To Steal From Store
Think about that for a second.
Yeah, that’s right. Some heartless d-bag saw a guy dying on the floor and couldn’t think of anything but to take a few measly and probably greasy $20s from the till.
This is the kind of desperation that most people read about in some Sub-Saharan dirt hole or Latin American bannana republic where kid soldiers roam the streets. THAT is the horrible situation on so many local streets.
And yes, sadly, there is a racial aspect to this story as well.
Don’t expect local media to trumpet the cause of the dead computer and electrical engineering student from Sri Lanka as much as the good looking JoCo kid killed when he was out on the town.
Both cases are tragic but a month from now you won’t be able to name the UMKC grad. But I digress.
What’s important is to acknowledge a basic disrespect for life in this murder. Sadly, in these cases the only response is even more denigrating (and mostly racist) chatter that only affirms the myth that some lives are more important than others. These reactionary statements are really just the other side of the coin and the same problem.
For years anti-crime activists and so many others have attempted to wrap their head around the problem of local urban violence concentrated in only a small area of the city. Most attempts to thwart abnormally high instances of homicide have failed. In the end, a simple and somewhat Conservative principle i.e. "Respect for life" in all of its forms is lost amid theorhetical and lame politically motivated solutions like the broken windows theory or similar nonsense.
In the meantime, the subject of Kansas City violence and murder marks yet another election cycle with candidates touting the same old tired ideas that have yet to show any real improvement or ability to save lives.