Addiction doesn’t stop for Christmas. It’s brutal but it’s true.
Some are addicted to drugs, alcohol, gambling or one of thousands other vices.
But the sad reality we are faced with, as we look back on a Boxing Day in which four people were injured by gunfire being loosed on city streets, is that others in this city are addicted to guns.
It’s easy to dismiss shootings in Speke and Everton as being part of a world separate to the one most of us live in – that those who are targeted by lethal firearms must have brought it on themselves.
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Scene of shooting in Speke
But that is a dangerous idea. We should all be concerned by gun violence because it’s not always those involved in organised crime that suffer most.
It seems, in the Speke incident at least, that those hit by shotgun pellets were innocent people doing no more than enjoying Christmas. They were injured when a shotgun was fired at the wrong house.
To the shooter they will only regret that they went to the wrong house – not what they did. At least one thug armed themselves and left their home with the intention of pulling the trigger.
The same thing has happened in Litherland and Mossley Hill in the second half of 2016.
And in another Speke shooting – and one in Netherley – children have been injured by the damage caused by shots fired at homes.
The child in the Speke home targeted on Boxing Day was lucky not to be in the room where violence so suddenly intruded.
It seems that crime stops for nothing, not even Christmas.
If you can help police deal with gun crime can call Merseyside Police on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.