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The Day Life Itself Became Insignificant

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I try not to blog about current events, but since this one is so close to home, and I’m feeling it, your about to get somewhat of a political and current event rant.  Texas style.

In case you haven’t heard today, I will give you the spill without the slant first.  In Duncan, OK, three teenagers allegedly drove to hunt down a complete stranger that was selected by them as he was seen jogging down the road.  One of the three pulled the trigger of a .22 revolver an undisclosed amount of times to shoot the jogger and kill him.  The jogger, was an Australian on a baseball scholarship to East Central Oklahoma University.

When asked by officers why they sought him out, and why they shot at him, “they” stated they shot him because they were bored and thought it was fun to kill someone.

FUN.  BORED.  MURDER.  In the same sentence.  ARE YOU SERIOUS?  Granted, there were things that I thought were fun when I was in the age group they’re in (15-17) that really weren’t the best idea.  When you’re that age, aren’t you suppose to get caught making out with some girl?  Sneaking cigarettes from mom’s purse?  Throwing a party at the house while the parents are away?  My ideas of fun were harmless… driving backwards through the Wal-Mart parking lot, asking for hall passes specifically to go see a crush during their lunch period, off-roading in the golf carts at the country club till the tires were flat…  harmless…  But with these kids, they’re bored, so they’re going to go kill someone.

Yes, I realize that there is probably some of the story and ongoing investigation that has not been released yet, but as a member of the same generation as well as the State of Oklahoma, I’m appalled.

Some will criticize gun laws.  “If we had tighter gun laws, those kids would’ve never done that.”  Oklahoma gun laws are some of the most lax in the U.S.  Chicago has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country, and they have a significant amount of violent crime with firearms.

Some will say they are “misinformed youth” and didn’t know any better.  Some will say “it’s those darn violent video games”.

The question that I haven’t seen brought into the mix, that I’m curious to see, is the subject of race.  Some of you will remember a shooting in Florida in which a white hispanic male and black male were in a scuffle for whatever reason.  The story ends with the white male shooting and killing the black male.  The courts acquitted George Zimmerman of the murder of Trayvon Martin.  Heard those names before?  If you didn’t see them in the news, they were all over Facebook.

Now let’s get back to the case at hand.  Three males, all of which look to be African-American are being accused of shooting a man that appears to be white.  The roles are now reversed.  I’m curious to see how the media will handle this case.  I’m curious to see if there will be as much of an uproar as there was with the Zimmerman/Martin case.

To be honest, I haven’t seen a lot of coverage on the national news organizations as everyone did with the Zimmerman/Martin case.  We’ll see as the days go on what facts about the case, and what stories come out.  Again, these kids are innocent until proven guilty.  This is by no means a story of coverage.  I suggest you go out and study the facts by themselves, and make your own decision.  I even gave you some links below to make it easy peasy.

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Author: Jess

Texan by birth, Okie by current address. Journalist who caught the travel bug. I have a healthy dachshund obsession and spend endless hours reading about world history on Wikipedia.

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