Monday, April 1, 2013

What's Wrong With Society In A Nutshell...

Stretch sent this in. His comment was along the lines of "This is why we need 30 round magazines" - which is quite true - but I think it's more than that.

'L' attack victim: 'It was terrifying'
Nearly 30 people were arrested downtown on Saturday night for disturbances that ranged from bumping into passersby on sidewalks to attacking passengers aboard a CTA train, authorities said.

Police arrested 11 teenagers at the CTA's State/Lake station in the Loop about 6:35 p.m. after the group attacked two women on an elevated train car, authorities said. The sole adult arrested, Stephanie Hosch, 18, of 1300 block of North Central Avenue, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery, Zala said.
Yep, the warmer weather is upon us, and so is senseless street crime. There appear to be separate incidents, with one group attacking people on Chicago's mass transit system while another group created havoc in a downtown shopping area. A group of up to 50 teenagers were blocking entrances to businesses, stopping traffic, and generally creating a nuisance. More than a dozen were arrested.

Now, I'm not even going to get into the gun aspect except to point out that it's interesting that this happened in the last state in the union that bans all forms of carry. All of these offenders had a very good reason to think that their victims would be unarmed. Now, the second group might simply be a case of cabin fever - it doesn't appear that there was anything more serious than bumping into people and blocking traffic - but the first group on the subway committed serious crimes involving assault and battery and robbery.

Any bets on whether they spend more than an hour or so in jail?

Now, here's a thought exercise for you. The teens who committed these crimes met through social media:
The 11 teens told police they had agreed on Twitter to meet downtown. It appeared that several of those arrested had not met in person before Saturday, authorities said.
Now, imagine if you will, what the uproar would be if a Republican president proposed "common sense online control" whereby social media would be banned and existing media heavily regulated and monitored by the government. Imagine making the claim that the Founding Fathers never imagined the internet, that the speed and scope with which information can be disseminated is far greater than what they ever imagined, so that the First Amendment really doesn't apply. 

Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?

But it is exactly the same thing like we've heard about "assault weapons" after the Newtown shootings. The focus has been on the tool used, not the person using the tool - so why aren't there calls for common sense social media control? It's only a matter of time before one of these mobs kills someone - someone's going to get beaten to death, or pushed in front of a train, or stabbed - or shot. Of course, only that last part will get any attention, because as we've seen time and time again, only people killed by firearms are really dead.

There's a question that really needs to be asked in all of this. That question is why we are only concerned when a crime is committed with a firearm. Beatings, stabbings, mob attacks; all of these things are tolerated on a daily basis without so much as a second glance, written off as the cost of doing business in an urban environment. Woman gets beaten for daring to ask a teenager to stop blowing smoke in her face? Ho-hum. Man gets stabbed for the $20 in his pocket? Gee, that's too bad. 15 year old gangbanger shoots someone in cold blood on the street? ZOMG TEH EVIL NRA WANTS DEAD SCHOOL CHILDREN!!!!!!111111

Why?

Why on earth does the tool matter? Isn't it a thousand times more important to get to the bottom of why these people feel not only justified in using deadly force against their victims, but why they don't seem to fear punishment? Our justice system is predicated on centuries of established laws, most stretching back to the beginning of recorded history - yet we seem unable to stop people from acting like savages in some twisted "Lord of the Flies" writ large across our major cities. And we only seem to give a rat's ass when they use a certain type of tool, too. That's insane. We should be looking at why they attack other people, not the tool they use to attack them with.

Then again, you can't exactly demagogue fifty years of quiet slavery resulting from the welfare state, can you?

That is all.

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