In a bare outline, this is what happened:
- Man pulls into a parking lot next to a car full of teens who are playing loud music
- Man get into argument with teens about music
- Man opens fire at car, killing one teen
- Man says he felt threatened.
- Jury does not convict on murder one but does convict on four other counts
Let’s set aside the verdict and concentrate for a moment on what happened leading up to the shooting death.
A man was driving around with a loaded gun in his car.
A man becomes incensed over loud music.
A man shoots people because of an argument.
Welcome to the Dysfunctional Playhouse!
I am in no way making light of this situation. I don’t even know where to start in listing all the things that bother me in this story.
I have made it alive through sixty-five years without ever once having a loaded gun in my car. Where does that need come from? Why do people feel they need to carry deadly force wherever they go?
I have been angry in my life but not once….not once….have I felt so angry that I felt that shooting someone was the solution. Where does that gut reaction come from? Are there not several other steps that could have been taken before killing someone?
If this were an isolated incident in this country I might not have too much concern, but this happens far too often in the United States. Violence is the first reaction in many altercations. Set aside the issue of race for a moment because I don’t want this clouded by the race card…..it is not alright to settle disputes by killing someone. Hell, for that matter, if you don’t like loud music, park somewhere else rather than deliberately start an argument over it.
I don’t understand this kind of dysfunctional behavior. I did not grow up around it; I have never been a part of it; and I will never be able to condone it or justify it.