National Night Out grows every single year. It looks like it’s expanded beyond the boundaries of Cindy Liendo Espinoza’s council district to all of Laredo.
I bet you think I am going to tell you that the highlight of the evening was the mascot dance-off. Well it was until… the US Customs mascot had a little accident and hit the floor. Poor guy had to be helped back up. Mascots need support too! Contrary to popular belief, Laredo does not have the most program mascots for a city and they definitely don’t have the best trained ones. We could have had one more, the official National Night Out offers the visit of a “Knight” mascot to visit during your city’s event. He wasn’t present. Notably, neither was the Border Patrol blow-up mascot. Word on the street is that he has been retired. One less mascot to make us hoot and giggle (or scare us) in the annual dance-off.
But back to the actual highlight – the irony of an accidental shooting by a little kid at a “police-community partnership in our fight for a safer nation” (quote from national website). Word from those nearby said that a bullet was left in a gun that a child was checking out at one of the police display tables. The gun should not have been loaded but… ya sabes. It went right through the bomb squad’s vehicle. Luckily, no one was hurt – other than our tax dollars at having to fix the holes that went clear through the inside. My group’s booth was not close but after the gunshot, the buzz reached us fast. It is nothing like more dangerous cities where the sound of a gunshot means you hit the floor instantly; but, Laredo doesn’t have that kind of culture. Instead, my friend and I went to go get a tour of the bomb squad vehicle to touch the holes left on the pressed wood wall and ceiling inside of the mobile unit. Que fregadas.
Other than that – National Night Out was packed! It was a big success for the district. Across the country, National Night Out seems to be growing but I bet they don’t have random shootings like we do in Laredo :P.