Despite the hype, many more innocent children have died here just this week:
Than have ever died here:
But somehow a murder on a totally different street, in an altogether different neighborhood elicited an article about the dangers of this street:
What makes this street the epicenter of murder? According to the caption it is because four murders have occurred here in two years.
So here is what I did. I took the road, route 20 in Brimfield, where, as you saw in the photo to begin this essay, two children had died and 4 others were seriously injured in a single accident, and decided to see where there was more carnage, on Springfield’s street of death, or on a relatively rural road which just happened to be in the news at more or less the same time.
Add to the two children who died on route 20 in Brimfield this week the death of this old man from April of 2013:
That makes three in fourteen months.
Rather than stopping there, I went back just a few more years and found two more people had died on the same road in the same town:
As tragic as these five deaths are, there have also been a number of other accidents serious enough to warrant these headlines:
So again this is what we see; any murder in the city can and will be linked to every other to perpetuate the narrative that the city is a dangerous PLACE. That these people were all targeted by their murderers for specific reasons which relate to behaviors and relationships, not location, is never explained despite the fact that IT is the link that connects them. On the other hand, this handful of deaths on a rural road which is explained statistically, numerically, logically, and rationally not just by location but by road typology, is never once mentioned. I challenge you to find even ONE reference in any of the articles on any of these horrific accidents to any of the others.
Going in a slightly different direction, it is possible that as many young men have died in one incident on one rural road just outside Springfield in the past twelve hours as have died by homicide in the city of Springfield all year. It makes you think. Well, if it were reported in context, it might.
(According to later reports, thankfully, the third young man has not died though he remains in critical condition)