Monday, November 18, 2013

Be Careful Out There...

You never know when you're going to be the unwilling participant in someone's "game"...

Teens' 'Knockout Game' a growing danger with deadly results
A recent string of attacks tied to a dangerous game called “Knockout” -- where unsuspecting residents are targeted and sucker-punched – is being investigated as possible hate crimes.

New York police are looking into the growing trend, WPIX reports, after attacks in predominately Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Now, at the risk of being accused of racism, all the reports I've seen have shown that the players of the "Knockout" game to be of a certain racial background. Typically, although not always, the victims are of a different racial background. Yet there are no cries of racism; there are no candlelight vigil for the people injured or killed.

Then again, when someone playing the "Knockout" game gets a whopping 18 months in jail for a punch that ends up killing someone, why should they care? This is all fun and games to them - and notice that the attacks are mainly occurring in either places that restrict self-defense, like NY, DC, and NJ, or else in big cities where folks are more likely to depend on the police for protection than on themselves.

On the gripping hand, however, what's the likelihood that someone defending themselves against a group of teenagers looking to beat someone senseless would find themselves Zimmermanned? 

That is all.

Thanks to the BLNN for the story...


PhilaBOR said...

These attacks put a premium on situational awareness as they are ambushes. The objective is to sneak up and hit before the victim knows what's happening.

Matthew said...

Your Zimmerman comment offers a way to influence the reflexive, but not ideological, anti-carry Ma and Pa Kettle type.

When the knockout game topic comes up, mention to them how you always thought "skinny unarmed teenagers, just kids really..." couldn't be dangerous to a healthy full grown adult. They certainly couldn't threaten your life.

See if they can make the Zimmerman connection on their own if you lead them to it.

Chris said...

Sometimes they pick the "wrong guy" in the Knockout Game.

As you would expect (if you are reading this blog), the family of the poor, innocent youths are up in arms that someone defended himself.

Ken O said...

I tend to go back to Cooper on this one.

One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that ‘violence begets violence.’ I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure—and in some cases I have—that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.