I don’t often watch the news. Every time I do a story will inevitably run which further drains my hope in humanity. I have no tolerance for the political shitstorm in which this country is currently embroiled; it’s all posturing by politicians pandering to their respective extremist parties. Even worse than the political bullshit is the unending violence. Violence is everywhere. Watching the local news is like watching real-life snippets of Law and Order. You get five minutes of weather and traffic and then 25 minutes of murders, robberies, and other violent acts.
These are their stories…
Unfortunately, someone posted a link on Facebook to story slightly more disturbing than the usual fare, and I was unable to avoid it.Evidently there’s a new “game” afoot in the US. A game in which everyone involved is a loser. It’s called the Knockout Game. Here’s how you play. You nonchalantly walk down the street and as you’re passing some complete stranger by you unleash an unsuspecting and furious haymaker on your fellow citizen with the goal being to knock them unconscious with one punch. Your target doesn’t matter: man, woman, young, old, black, white….it makes no difference.
Doesn’t that sound fun?
I already have a pretty low opinion of humanity, but news of this game came as a shock to me. I mean, what do you gain by sucker-punching a complete stranger into unconsciousness? Does it prove your badassery to knock out someone who doesn’t even know they’re under attack? Do you get promoted to Lord of the Losers if you accomplish this asinine goal? Do you get a ribbon? A metal? Does your mommy put a “I’m the proud parent of an asshole!” bumper sticker on her car?
These senseless attacks have left a trail of victims across six states. The age range of these victims appears to be (based on a quick perusal of the internet) 24 to 78. Yes, 78. Somebody sucker-punched, and knocked out, a 78-year old woman. Classy. These “games” have resulted in at least 3 deaths, as well. Teenage boys are being charged with murder after their attacks killed their victims.
Per the article I read on ABC:
Republican state Assemblyman Jim Tedisco has proposed a bill that would classify the knockout game attacks as gang assaults, and would require that youths who participate in such attacks be tried as adults, facing prison terms of up to 25 years.
I don’t often agree with a Republican, but I’m on board with Jim Tedisco here. This idiotic “game” is inhumane, senseless, barbaric, and a host of other adjectives I just don’t have the patience to list here. Just thinking about this after seeing the footage of a couple of the attacks has left me sick to my stomach.
Throw the book at these morons. I don’t care if they’re 13 or 30. There is no place in society for this type of behavior.13-year old boys know it’s wrong to just clock somebody like that. People need to know this will not be tolerated.
The latest perpetrator of one of these attacks is being charged with a hate-crime. Good. I hope he receives the maximum punishment. I’m so angry and disgusted right now that I can barely form a coherent sentence. Fuck anyone who has ever participated in one of these vile attacks.