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WWLP: Neighbors have been complaining about a homeless camp in Northampton. Within the last month, a stabbing has occurred at the homeless camp on Texas Road, and now a level three sex offender has listed the camp as his home. In the woods off Texas Road in Northampton, behind some industrial buildings, you’ll see tents, chairs, and shopping carts.
Northampton police said the camp has been around for at least four months, but one Texas Road businessman told 22News people have been living there on and off for years. He said he has also witnessed at least four arrests made at the camp within the last several months. The businessman did not want to be identified, but said they consistently call police to report fires, fighting, and screaming coming from the camp.
The camp is close to the Manhan Rail Trail and the former Smith College equestrian center. Marisa Douglas, a Senior at Smith College, said she never knew it was there.
“I don’t walk over there alone or at night,” Douglas told 22News. “You know I think we need to address the issue of so many homeless people being without a means to live.”
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported a man arrested there for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after a stabbing at the campsite last month. A level three sex offender convicted of child-rape now lists his address as the “homeless camp off Texas Road,” according to the state sex offender registry.
“Hearing about the stabbing, it perhaps makes me nervous, but I also realize that we’re just not providing enough support for everyone,” Bruce Seltzer of Northampton told 22News.
Just a reminder that Northampton signed up to be a welcoming city for refugees:
They even have a Facebook page.
Now they have domestic, home grown refugees in the form of level 3 sex offenders pitching tents and stabbing people, so the pearl clutching has begun.
Look, Western Mass Turtlegirl always been a pro-refugee chick because working at Turtleboy makes you a softie like that. But the irony here is just too delicious. These are the people who think they can fix the world by holding rallies against hate, banning plastic bags, getting rid of high five Friday, and welcoming everyone with open arms.
Then some “undesirables” start moving in with their tents and all of a sudden they’re all shitting their pants.
The best part is that they recognize the conundrum they’re in here, so instead of blaming the crackheads who are squatting on public land and stabbing people, they blame themselves for not doing enough for these upstanding individuals:
“You know I think we need to address the issue of so many homeless people being without a means to live.”
We need to address the issue of homeless people? Yea, you’re right. It’s called capitalism. We’ve created an economic system that allows these people to get jobs, make money, and be self sufficient. They’ve all just chosen not to take advantage of these opportunities. We’ve even created a safety net for them, funded by the taxpayers, on top of the already existing churches and charitable organizations. Yet it’s somehow still society’s fault. Because God forbid we blame the bums themselves for their current living situation.
“Hearing about the stabbing, it perhaps makes me nervous, but I also realize that we’re just not providing enough support for everyone.”
Ya know how you could support these guys? Let them move into your house. But we all know that you’re gonna do that, because you only support progressive causes in theory. You’re not actually willing to let these derelicts in your home because you know damn well that’s a terrible idea. It’s the same reason you scream “black lives matter” while everyone on your street is white.
Because at the end of the day you’re all a bunch of hypocrites.
Never change Northampton. Never change.