Reminiscent of the Crack Epidemic… But Without the Crack

Quite the lively time in Little Chicago, er, Portsmouth, yesterday. According to WCEV:

A woman was shot on Seventh Street Thursday morning, two men were shot near The Connelly apartments sometime in the afternoon, a woman was shot on Staunton Avenue around 9 p.m., and lastly, a man sustained a life-threatening injury after a shooting near Alden Avenue and Emmons Place.

I’m baffled. I keep hearing from the smartest people that “violent crime” is down in Virginia…. And if it’s not, it’s the fault of too many guns.

Yeah, guns are part of the problem, and I’m open to hearing what we can do about them. But there’s a lot more going on here. Social order in Portsmouth is collapsing. It’s like the days of the crack epidemic… except we don’t have crack to blame it on.


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18 responses to “Reminiscent of the Crack Epidemic… But Without the Crack”

  1. WayneS Avatar


    NO ONE was shot yesterday (or the day before; or the day before that…) in the county where I reside, nor was anyone shot in any of the counties adjacent to the county where I reside.

    I’d wager per-capita gun ownership in the part of Virginia where I live is significantly higher than it is in Portsmouth, so I am having a hard time believing that the problem is “too many guns”.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Just so’s ya know, Blacksburg is kinda like the place you live. So’s Uvalde.

  2. LarrytheG Avatar
    LarrytheG Let’s see, how much of the unraveling of the social order is occurring in Japan or the UK or the 30 other development countries?

    The US is starting to resemble 3rd world countries , no?

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive


    2. DJRippert Avatar

      There are only 24 countries in the world now? Where is Switzerland? Where is Austria? South Korea? Mexico? Canada?

    3. Matt Hurt Avatar
      Matt Hurt

      Japan makes up for that in suicides.

  3. James McCarthy Avatar
    James McCarthy

    Hey, hey, you naysayers. It’s only in Portsmouth that social order is doomed.

  4. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    “Yeah, guns are part of the problem, and I’m open to hearing what we can do about them.”

    Have you not read any ideas in the past few weeks…??🤷‍♂️

    1. DJRippert Avatar

      How many of those murders in Portsmouth were committed with so-called assault rifles? I don’t know but I’d guess – none.

      1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
        Eric the half a troll

        Plenty of non-assault rifle ideas out there… of course if you have your eyes closed and your fingers in your ears, you wouldn’t realize that… right, JAB…??

  5. For what it’s worth, it looks like Portsmouth city government is as anarchic as Charlottesville city government.

    A week ago, Council fired its city manager after she had worked there for just one year. A couple of days later, the interim deputy city manager resigned — without explanation.

  6. DJRippert Avatar

    Any area that continuously re-elects Louise Lucas is inhabited by insane people. Why iss anybody surprised by this behavior?

  7. Fred Costello Avatar
    Fred Costello

    Instilling in all people, especially students, faith in God as a just judge and man’s eternal fate of heaven or hell would be more effective than all of the worldly fences and defenses, all of the gun laws, and all of the talks and policies. Return God and prayer to public schools. If there were no life after death, life before death would have no significance, it would be a “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Why not commit suicide and take as many people with you as possible – the thrill of the kill. People must realize that justice will be served, sometimes after death.

  8. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    I thought when that statue came down in Portsmouth all was supposed to be red roses? What happened Louise?

  9. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Dammit! This is distressing! When children leave school they’re supposed to be out of harm’s way.

  10. vicnicholls Avatar

    Ah Ptroit. Ptown. Uzi Village. The Pox of Portsmouth. Sleezy Weezy. The gang banging that is slated to go thru this weekend – courtesy of the schools letting us know. When the leadership is as corrupt as Tammany Hall, this is what you get.

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