New Year's Eve brings out an odd Southern tradition: Celebratory gunfire.
At first I thought I was dreaming. But drip, drip, drip of rainwater hit my forehead with enough regularity to wake me up from my sleep. So I stared at the ceiling, grumbled, got the bucket and pushed the bed out of the way. The roofer who came to fix the leak a few days later put a small piece of metal in my hand that he extracted from the roof and explained it was the genesis of what had become a fairly sizable hole. "What is it," I asked him. "It's a bullet," he answered with a look that suggested he thought I was some sort of bumpkin for not knowing. "Well, how did it get up there," I asked. "New Year's probably. People shoot their guns for New Year's Eve to ring in the new year." Funny, up until then, I only saw people in the Middle …
Southeast Atlanta residents are pushing for passage of usage of gunfire location technology.
Friday, May 11, 2012
by Jason Genung Do you feel like we experience too much random gunfire in Atlanta? Have you had to patch your roof from random bullets or found random bullets in your cars, walls, or around the yard? I'm guessing many of you have or know someone that has. Are you tired of it? Three local neighbors spent months trying to see an end to celebratory gunfire through deployment of gunfire location technology. After months of work, those same neighbors need five minutes of your time to give this technology the best possible chance at deployment. Ron Lall, our Neighborhood Planning Unit-W public safety committee chairman, sent out an e-mail two weeks ago discussing an initiative to launch ShotSpotter gunshot location technology in Atlanta. This …