An event that is so dramatic in its immediate effect that it creates unforeseen long-term changes, which may not be reversible.
Case in point: Thugs have begun to play “games” in the past couple of years that involve assault and murder, then video the attack and the victim and post the video to YouTube with the thug’s guns, cash and laughing faces clearly visible.
“Polar bear hunting”, “point out, knock out” assaults, stun-gun assaults and trip-and-kick assault have become the preferred bored urban “teen” amusements. It is a charming thug game to wildly shoot into crowds outside night clubs and as long as the thug’s friends are not hit, no harm, no foul.
The game gets serious when an armed citizen shoots an “innocent teen” who was just having fun. Urban mommas get all upset and demand justice, claiming that the behavior wasn’t a crime. It’s just what bored young black men do for fun. Mommas can’t see the relationship between having no father in the home and a dead “teen”.
It gets worse.
Worse? Thugs’ current drive to murder police officers and to demand “social justice” in place of regular justice. Within my memory, there was serious reluctance by thugs to shoot a police officer. No longer.
Yesterday in Houston at about 10 AM, four black thugs jumped out of a pickup truck and ran into a pawn shop, waving pistols. They began smashing glass display cases and scooping up rings, watches, chains and other expensive goods, loading the loot into bags they brought with them.
Bad news for the thugs.
Houston PD undercover officers were staking out the area because of repeat robberies, and reacted immediately. Thugs saw the police and ran out the back door into two additional officers. Ordered to put down their guns, the thugs pointed their guns at the police, who shot three instantly. One was killed on the spot and two more were taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The getaway driver was arrested about a block away.
The on-site commander stated that his men were “in fear for their lives” when guns were pointed at them and this fear resulted in no second chance for the thugs.
Sweetie and I were having breakfast within 100 yards of the getaway takedown so we got a front-row seat.
Amazing thing – there were probably 30 patrol cars on-scene from HPD, the Department of Public Safety and the Constable patrol with more arriving all the while that we were there. We finished breakfast and made our way through traffic, passed by even more cars arriving with lights and sirens.
Later the momma of the dead thug complained to the TV news reporter that “the cops didn’t have to shoot him – they could have just used a stun gun.”
The increased willingness of thugs to shoot police is a game changer and will have long-term effects. Here are a few I can predict:
• Any thug incident will attract all the police from everywhere, and they will be coming to assure that no officer is injured.
• Thugs will only get only one chance to comply with police orders before the officers use force to get compliance.
• Any hostile actions will be met with deadly force instantly.
• Many more undercovers will be at trouble spots, heavily-armed but not obvious.
• Traffic stops will be two officers, with guns out.
• Chases will result in spike strips and officers armed with rifles rather than pistols.
• Police overtime costs will increase considerably due to the requirement for double coverage.
• Fees for after-hours security and second jobs by officers will increase because of the need for double officer coverage.
Last but not least, many additional thugs will be killed because they didn’t immediately comply with an officer’s commands. No longer will there be long drawn-out attempts to talk a thug into putting his gun down; too risky for the officers. Officers will explain that they fired because they were in fear for their lives, and this will stand as justification as the Grand Jury no-bills the officers.
Thugs and thug mommas will not be happy with this outcome, but once a game-changer has occurred, there is no going back.
Expect many more community organizer marches, candle-light vigils, piles of crappy teddy bears, prayer and memorial candles, helium balloon releases, tee-shirts printed with the thug’s face and other laments for a life wasted.
At least we can all agree on that.