Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Audacity of Stupidity

I was in the middle of a Warcraft raid today when I heard the helicopter buzzing around the neighborhood. Sometimes, we will hear it, and it goes away within a few minutes. I did note, that the helicopter seemed to be buzzing around longer than usual.

Later this evening, I found out why. To make a long story short, some douche bag thought it would be a good idea to hold a knife to his own mother's throat, while police officers had guns drawn on him. The situation ended when a sniper shot the 18-year old, killing him.

Mr. Recommendation happened to overhear some women commenting on the event. No words uttered about what kind of boy would use his mother as a meat shield. No admonishment for a son who would put a knife to his own mother's throat. No...all the contempt was saved for the police, who shot this young boy.

"They be knowin' he wouldn't hurt his Momma!" one exclaimed, to the agreeance of the other mother hens standing nearby.

No, ma'am. They really don't. They only know that this 18 year old has a penchant for holding people up with weapons. They don't know what he likes to do in his spare time (aside from holding people up with weapons). They don't know whether he's strung out or mentally ill. All they know is what they see in front of their face...and that is a young man holding a knife to his mother's throat. Police are trained to anticipate worst-case scenarios and try to prevent them from happening. Nurses and doctors are trained the same way.

Sure, we would like to think that kids don't kill their parents, and parents don't kill their children, but we hear stories all the time that refute this. Who's to say that had police waited, assuming he "wouldn't hurt his Momma", we would be hearing that he slit her throat and her exsanguination was caught on live television?

I can't wait for the outcries to pour in, because it's only a matter of time. How Little Johnny was a good boy, on his way home from church to see his mother, when he was gunned down for no reason. All he had in his hand was his trusty Swiss army knife he got when he was awarded his Eagle Scout. Gunned down by heartless cops who have nothing better to do than shoot harmless Precious Snowflakes.

You know it's going to happen. Get your popcorn ready.


Bill the Painter said...

First of all, you REALLY need to move to a better neighborhood! ;)

Second, he got what he had coming. You do stupid stuff like using your own mother as a human DESERVE to get shot.

They saved us a lot of money by not having to feed and house him for decades on the taxpayers dime.

kate said...

I used to live over by Westport - there was one night that my roommate and I were in our backyard with the dogs when we saw a police helicopter start circling our neighborhood with their searchlight blazing...never a good sign. It turned out that it was some dousche who had shot a store clerk down the street and fled on foot down our street. Come to think of it, something similar happened when I lived on the Plaza and some guy held up a few people outside of Tomfoolerie's...maybe it's time to move out of midtown :)

Mark p.s.2 said...

Calling the guy crazy in the story (he was) cuts both ways, as what did his mother do to him to make him so nuts?
Males are biologically more aggressive due to testosterone. Something went terribly wrong in his education, it could happen to your children so don't laugh so hard.

GB, RN said...

Who's laughing?

The guy could have been mentally ill for a while, having nothing to do with testosterone or his mother or his education.

It just happens to some people. It's not always clear as to why.

Mark p.s.2 said...

There is no "mental illness". " set of rules is used to explain sane behavior and another set of rules is used to explain insane behavior: sane behavior is attributed to reasons (choices), insane behavior to causes (diseases)." Szasz. LINK

It could be testosterone, as it is a chemical affecting ALL the human body. LINK

"Risperdal, a widely-used atypical antipsychotic, was causing teen boys to grow breasts due to the drug's propensity to boost prolactin levels and cause gynecomcastia." LINK

GB, RN said...


Don't get your panties in a twist over my vernacular.

Beckle the Freckle said...

Makes me think of the song "Only a Lad" by Oingo Boingo.