Thursday, August 16, 2012

Welcome to the jungle...

Where, as Axl Rose used to sing, the kids "wanna watch you bleed..."
Pat Mahaney was walking home Saturday with a six-pack of beer, looking forward to a quiet evening watching sports, when something hit him in the back of the head.
“The next thing I knew I woke up on my neighbor’s front step and the life squad was there,” the 45-year-old North College Hill resident said Wednesday.
Six teenagers “were just bored and were looking for something to do,” a police report said, when they ambushed Mahaney as he turned off Simpson Avenue onto Dallas Avenue. He was immediately knocked unconscious...
Mahaney was taken to Mercy Mt. Airy Hospital, where he was treated for four days before being released Tuesday. He suffered so many internal injuries that doctors had to insert a tube down his throat to remove all the blood from his stomach...
But police were struck by how cocky the boys were for their age.
“They were pretty arrogant in the interview with us,” Foust said. “It’s appalling. I think it’s despicable. This appears to be premeditated and there was no remorse on behalf of any of the assailants. Thirteen-year-olds ought to be playing basketball, not running the streets looking for ways to entertain themselves at the expense of somebody.”

A quick news search indicates very few media outlets covering this outside the Cincinnati area.  But I'd be willing to bet a substantial sum of money this would be all over the national news had the victim been armed and shot one or more of the animals who assaulted him (and no, I'm not mincing words here.  Let's call such behavior what it is: inhuman).

This isn't an isolated event, either.  It appears we're at a point in history where you need to decide: if/when you encounter the barbarians in our midst, do you want to be the bloodied victim in the picture, or the person explaining why they exercised their right to self-defense?  Uncle Sam isn't the only one who should be investing in lead these days (which raises a separate question: why, exactly, does the Social Security Administration need to purchase 174,000 rounds of .357 hollow-point ammunition?  If they need some target practice, can't they borrow some of the 450 million rounds of .40-caliber ammo just purchased by the Department of Homeland Security?).

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