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Old 01-21-2013, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Gardenville
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So the Ravens are going to the Super Bowl. So it's the Fourth of July. So it's New Year's Eve. So it's Peanut's birthday. Fill in the celebratory event of your choice...
If your neighborhood is like the ones I've lived in here in Baltimore (Gardenville, "Station North", Upper Fells, Sowebo/Hollins Mkt.) these occasions are marked by drinking, partying, revelry in the streets, honking, fireworks, and lots of gunfire. Why? I've lived in several other urban areas and have never experienced people who mark an ostensibly significant event by discharging weapons in the street. My wife actually called me at work last night to warn me to be careful on the drive home because there were so many shots being fired in our generally (fairly) peaceful NE neighborhood.
Why does this go on? When did it start? Why here? Why is it allowed/condoned/overlooked? I remember that in a riflery class I took as a child being told that a .22 Long round could travel nearly a mile before gravity took it toll and it fell to earth. What goes up must come down, so it must be literally raining bullets. I'm all for people owning whatever weapons they want or feel are necessary, but this sort of behavior is ridiculous!
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:03 PM
 
Location: California / Maryland / Cape May
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So the Ravens are going to the Super Bowl. So it's the Fourth of July. So it's New Year's Eve. So it's Peanut's birthday. Fill in the celebratory event of your choice...
If your neighborhood is like the ones I've lived in here in Baltimore (Gardenville, "Station North", Upper Fells, Sowebo/Hollins Mkt.) these occasions are marked by drinking, partying, revelry in the streets, honking, fireworks, and lots of gunfire. Why? I've lived in several other urban areas and have never experienced people who mark an ostensibly significant event by discharging weapons in the street. My wife actually called me at work last night to warn me to be careful on the drive home because there were so many shots being fired in our generally (fairly) peaceful NE neighborhood.
Why does this go on? When did it start? Why here? Why is it allowed/condoned/overlooked? I remember that in a riflery class I took as a child being told that a .22 Long round could travel nearly a mile before gravity took it toll and it fell to earth. What goes up must come down, so it must be literally raining bullets. I'm all for people owning whatever weapons they want or feel are necessary, but this sort of behavior is ridiculous!
In all my years, I have never experienced this (gunfire in celebration in downtown Baltimore). Are you certain they weren't fireworks? That, I have experienced and witnessed when the Ravens won.

I'm certain if guns were going off, it would have been on the news coverage of the drinking, partying, honking, revelry in the streets that was broadcast. Nope, all that was reported was peaceful cheer, and you know the news. They sniff out even the most innocent situation and make it sound life-threatening, so gunfire in celebration, they would have been drooling over that and it would have been plastered on every network.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:22 PM
 
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I had some doubts yesterday in Patterson Place. I thought I heard 2 gunshots, I was in shock, my first gunshots in Baltimore. But when I went out to walk my dog a couple of minutes after, there was a smell of birthday cake candles. SO I concluded that was fireworks that I heard. They can be mistaking I think....
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Carroll County
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In all my years, I have never experienced this (gunfire in celebration in downtown Baltimore). Are you certain they weren't fireworks?
OP lives in NE Baltimore, not downtown.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, VA.
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Well down here in Hampton Roads they shoot in the air on July 4th and New Years...and the always have for some time...maybe it comes from the Revo;utionar War or somethin...who knows.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Gardenville
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No, while there where fireworks as well, there were plenty of gunshots. This behavior has occurred in all the Baltimore neighborhoods in which I have lived, and I have heard it discussed in the media. Not an isolated incident.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Bolton Hill
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I hear this same **** in Bolton Hill and just wonder what's going to happen in they win the super bowl.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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If you live on the east or west side, gunshots are quite common for any celebration. I work with a woman who is an avid Ravens fan. When I asked how she enjoyed the game Sunday with the Patriots she replied,
"I was under my bed for an hour waiting for the shooting to stop". So, although not prevalent throughout the city, there are plenty of areas where gunshots (NOT fireworks) are routine to celebrate. It is disheartening.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:42 PM
 
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So the Ravens are going to the Super Bowl. So it's the Fourth of July. So it's New Year's Eve. So it's Peanut's birthday. Fill in the celebratory event of your choice...
If your neighborhood is like the ones I've lived in here in Baltimore (Gardenville, "Station North", Upper Fells, Sowebo/Hollins Mkt.) these occasions are marked by drinking, partying, revelry in the streets, honking, fireworks, and lots of gunfire. Why? I've lived in several other urban areas and have never experienced people who mark an ostensibly significant event by discharging weapons in the street. My wife actually called me at work last night to warn me to be careful on the drive home because there were so many shots being fired in our generally (fairly) peaceful NE neighborhood.
Why does this go on? When did it start? Why here? Why is it allowed/condoned/overlooked? I remember that in a riflery class I took as a child being told that a .22 Long round could travel nearly a mile before gravity took it toll and it fell to earth. What goes up must come down, so it must be literally raining bullets. I'm all for people owning whatever weapons they want or feel are necessary, but this sort of behavior is ridiculous!
Why does it happen ? Well, it's just the nature of some Baltimorans (or "Baltimorons", take your pick). Not all. But plenty enough.

Now, if you live in the Inner Harbor, you'll find that the Ravens mobs only drink, scream, honk horns all night, and relieve themselves behind parked cars. No shooting. But it's a much classier neighborhood, higher income you know, than the ones you mention.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Gardenville
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Now, if you live in the Inner Harbor, you'll find that the Ravens mobs only drink, scream, honk horns all night, and relieve themselves behind parked cars. No shooting. But it's a much classier neighborhood, higher income you know, than the ones you mention.
So, classy, high income persons don't own guns or toilets?
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