It's a nice place to visit, but after living here for 15 years, I'm tired of it lol.
To carry a gun you need a permit, which is kinda hard to get due to excessive bureaucracy, so many people don't ever get one and carry illegal firearms.
Even though, carrying a gun in here is pretty useless most of the times...the thugs always attack at least in pairs, there's always a spotter...you just don't get the time to pull out your gun. Also, if you shoot a thug or kill him, you go through hell...corrupt cops try to get money out of you so you can escape jail, the family/friends of the dead thug will want revenge, etc, etc, etc. It's just not worth it IMO.
Have you ever felt threatened during your time there? I know if my city had that label, I'd be nervous as Hell where ever I went.
I try to not let fear control me. Thankfully, I live in the better part of the city, and most of my commute/college/work places are in "safer" zones. But I'm always alert for any suspicious persons, and much more when I'm riding (I commute daily with my bike). Bike theft is ridiculously high, and most of it is at gunpoint. When I stop at a light, I'm always checking my mirrrors, not for cagers, but for a couple of thugs that show up on another bike.
OT but this thread reminds of a quote by Marion Berry (the mayor of Washington DC) when DC was declared the murder captiol of the US: "If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very very low crime rate."
I've spent the last few years playing on Reddit, but I think the bike specific forums don't have the sense of community we have always had here so I decidedd to pop in.
What would it take to resurrect this site? Is there a dedicated corps of SBN members who swing through here often enough to...