Geek Crime on the Rise in B-Town

The Oakland Trib has a scare story today about “violent crime surging” in Berkeley, and while this year’s numbers are indeed moderately higher than last year’s — 27 more robberies, 2 more rapes, and 2 more homicides (bringing Berkeley’s total to 4, as compared with say, Oakland’s 145 murders so far this year), does it really constitute a violent crime “surge” when the weapons in the majority of the city’s 28 aggravated assaults are … paintball guns? “Most were paintball attacks committed last summer by young people driving around and shooting paintballs at pedestrians or other drivers,” the article explains. “Typically, they cause a small bruise on the skin.” Yep, people, batten the hatches: it’s the era of the paintball drive-by!

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