I don’t know much about the mayor in question, but he showed a lot of common senseabout raves in Seattle:
Despite seven violent deaths last weekend, the mayor and other city leaders have a reassuring message for the youths who love the all-night music and dancing of the “rave” party scene: Rave on.
Kyle Huff, 28, fatally shot six people and himself Saturday at an early-morning house party after a zombie-themed rave at a performing arts center. It was Seattle’s worst crime since 1983, when 13 people were killed at a Chinatown gambling club. And it was the first such incident to mar the Pacific Northwest’s rave culture, where partygoers and police have had an accord that some other U.S. localities haven’t matched.
As a police task force continues searching for a motive for Huff’s rampage, Mayor Greg Nickels told a community meeting Tuesday that the loud, pulsating electronic music featured at rave dances is “not a threat to us.”
He started off really well, but blew it a bit on this line:
“We don’t know why he picked these particular victims,” Nickels told the group. “We do know that this incident was not caused by music – a particular kind of music. It was caused by a disturbed individual who chose to take out his anger or rage on other human beings. As a society, we have got to come to grips with this infatuation that we have with guns.”
Perhaps Mayor Nickels could apply the same logic to guns that he did to raves and music.