Had a surreal experience. Was walking in the pouring rain along Carrall street this afternoon, and a small crowd of kids were clustered under an awning, trying to shelter themselves from the rain. As I walked by, it looked like one late-teens kid was showing the others a gun. I wasn’t about to slow down, and the whole thing took a moment to sink in, partly because the gun looked, well, like a toy! And maybe (please, God) it was – looked chubby, and chrome. I realized in all my life I’ve never actually seen a real gun, and feel kind of naive. Didn’t call the police, as I couldn’t recall the kids at all, and also, would feel dumb saying, “uh … I think I saw a gun … but it looked like a toy…”. Anyways, hope those kids lose the gun, and keep themselves, and others safe.
(Guest post from the former Carrall street Journal)