On a school bus returning students to their homes, a fifteen-year-old boy pointed a .22 revolver point blank at another student’s chest. WFTX reports,
“The student grappled the gun away from the 15-year-old suspect on the bus ride home Tuesday after witnesses say he aimed the weapon point blank at another student and threatened to shoot him. The student, who Fox 4 has agreed not to identify because he fears for his safety, says there's ‘no doubt’ he saved a life by disarming the gunman… ‘I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there,’ the student said. ‘Not taking no pity.’ The student says he wrestled the .22 caliber RG-14 Revolver away from the suspect, a football player, who witnesses say threatened to shoot a teammate because he had been arguing with his friend. ‘No doubt,’ the student said, ‘he was going to shoot him point blank.’ The teen we spoke to and authorities both confirm the Revolver was loaded. According to the arrest report the suspect, who Fox 4 is not naming because he is a minor, was ‘pointing the gun directly’ at another student and ‘threatening to shoot him.’”
The police confirmed to the media that the handgun was loaded. Nevertheless, the school suspended the boy for three days for being involved in an “incident” that involved a weapon.
So what are we to make of this? DHS puts out instructional videos telling disarmed people to grab scissors and confront the shooter. But when one of the sheep actually puts himself in danger to help someone out, he gets punished for taking action. Was he supposed to go huddle in a corner and pray for police to arrive? Perhaps he should have adapted the advice given to college women to dissuade a rapist by peeing on himself or throwing up?
In the meantime, we see a seven-year-old suspended from school for nibbling his generic “pop tart” into the shape of a mountain, but which a teacher decided must really be a gun. Or we see a school going into lockdown because someone misunderstood the lyrics to the theme song for the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. We see people are being consigned to the power of paranoia all over our nation. We are being trained to be afraid all the time, but anyone who actually takes initiative to help others gets punished.
What we seem to be seeing is a socially destructive mindset, where neighbors taking risks to help neighbors against violent attack is seen as deviant and dangerous. Only the police are permitted to do anything to stop a criminal act of aggression, and if they are too slow to act, then the resulting deaths are not understood as being the fault of those police. Judging from the reports we see in the media, the only behavior that is deemed socially valuable is compliance and acquiescence to whoever engages in criminal violence or possess a gun.
A society that operates on this basis is a society that is going to soon pass away. Neighbors helping neighbors against violent aggressors should be the preferred way of dealing with such criminals. A culture in which people are willing to volunteer to help one another out costs no tax revenue and does not give rise to an occupying body of tax-fed troops who can exploit society.
Why would anyone want to live in a world where everyone was too scared to help out their neighbors?