Back then, West Allis used to be a moderately liberal, working class, blue collar type of city. Block parties were not unusual. When one of the neighborhood kids had a birthday, all the neighbors came over to have some cake and enjoy socializing with each other.
Oh sure, there were problems, like kids fighting, some drug use and Hwy 100 was clogged every night with cruisers. But overall, it wasn't a bad place to live, work and raise a family.
But that's all changed. It's become notably much more conservative. Instead of a liberal mayor, we have a corporate Democrat. Instead of family supporting jobs, we have check cashing places and fast food joints, including - oh, joy! - a Chick Fil A soon coming to the area. We also have the damage done by the conservatives, like Scott Walker and Chris Abele, such as their reckless gutting of any gun laws and dismantling mental health services.
In the four short months that we have lived here, there have been three shootings within a three block line, with two of them less than a block away from each other.
At the beginning of the year, there was a shooting at Heartbreakers, a strip joint on 95th St and National Ave.
At the beginning of April, there was a shooting at a gas station just a block away.
Now, early this morning, there was another shooting just three blocks from the first ones. Sadly, this one involves a fatality:
One person is reported to have been killed in a shooting that has sparked a manhunt Sunday in West Allis.At the time of this writing, the shooter is still on the loose.
Police responded just before 7 a.m. to reports of a burglary and shots fired at an apartment building in the 2300 block of S. 92nd St., according to police news releases.
Officers found an injured man in the building and moved him to safety, but he died from his injuries — presumably from the gunshots, though the most recent news release didn't specify.
Remember when the gun nuts said that more guns would make us all safer?
Instead of West Allis, it's become the Wild, Wild West Allis.
Yet, despite all of this, I still feel no need to start carrying a gun, a switchblade or any other weapon. Maybe I'll invest in some Kevlar to protect myself from these gun-loving idiots, but that's about it.