Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Romeo and Juliet among the Hatfields and McCoys
A man was accused of wounding six members of a neighboring family after a long-running feud that victims said peaked when his daughter began dating a boy from their family.
The six people wounded were from one side of the feud, which pitted the Soliz and Ortiz family against the neighboring Riojas family.
Members of the Soliz and Ortiz family say their feud with the Riojas family has simmered for more than a year. The dispute became more heated when Riojas' teenage daughter started dating Miguel Soliz, 15, who was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg at Putnam Community Hospital and released.
"All this started because they were dating," said Melva Ortiz, Miguel's mother. "I tried to tell him to leave the girl, but you know how kids are."
I know how adults are.
Ryan said both families had guns and were firing across the street at each other, but said investigators have been stymied by reluctance of the families to talk to authorities. He said some of the victims were outside, but doesn't know if any were inside the house.
"We get out there and nobody knows anything," Ryan said.
They just haven't had time to collect their impressions.
Florida, of course, is on the verge of implementing what Arthur Hayhoe, executive director of the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, calls the "Right to Commit
Howard Goodman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes,
Wayne LePierre, NRA chief executive, told the Associated Press that law-abiding citizens are waking up to the fact that by the time detectives and CSI investigators arrive on the scene, it's too late.
"The country as a whole is taking another look, across the board, at the idea that maybe it makes good sense to allow people to protect themselves in as many situations as possible."
So does it make sense to continue to pay for a police force that does nothing more than arrive on the scene to take reports? Stenographers would be cheaper, and in Florida they'll be packing a gun.