Sunday, February 16, 2014

Enough, already.

Michael Dunn writing from prison after murdering Jordan Davis for playing his music too loud in a convenience store parking lot: "This may sound a bit radical, but if more people would arm themselves and kill these fucking idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior.”

Wow. I KIND OF agree with him. I don't agree with the KILLING part, but I do completely agree with the part that asks for SOMETHING to be done about changing such idiots' public behavior. I've been around such behavior (usually, in my case, on public buses) enough to know that it's extremely disturbing and threatening. 99% of the time, I've just sat there and kept quiet... all the while wishing fervently that someone, anyone, would come along and shut the bullies up. I've been on an Austin bus where young black guys were on the back talking extremely loudly and graphically about what sex acts they'd forced a woman to do that weekend; and just today on my bus, two young black women were in the back talking extremely loudly about a white woman that they'd, the night before, "knocked out" outside a club because she hadn't answered a query about directions to another club correctly.

Did I feel "threatened" by listening to either the young black guys' or the young black womens' conversations? Yes, I did. They all were extremely loud, aggressive, and talking about knocking women around (in the womens' case, about "knocking out" a white woman because, basically, she'd looked at them funny).

When people are bellowing like this in public, what are the rest of us supposed to do? For the most part, we sit there and take it. But "sitting there and taking it" gets old after a while. Something inside of you very much does want to shut these idiots up and teach them how to act in public (i.e., don't publicly yell about fucking, don't publicly brag about beating people up, don't publicly blast your music). The majority of us keep politely quiet in the face of such creepy rudeness. But every now and then, some of us snap.

The Michael Dunn verdict was announced today with, mostly, the usual PC takes on it: "OMG, no First Degree charge!" (Despite the fact that Dunn has been found guilty of 3 counts of Attempted Murder.)

Was Michael Dunn right in shooting into a car playing loud music and killing Jordan Davis? No, of course not. But...there IS something to be said for somebody doing something to get some people to "take the hint" and change their public behavior.

If said people themselves can't "self-edit," then maybe it DOES take an aggressive, psychotic outlier to correct them, for the benefit of the rest of us cowards who are content to inwardly stew, merely wishing for something to be done.

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