I'm rarely shocked by murders. Nine-month-old shot and killed by a "stray" bullet? 12-year-old girl killed in similar (but separate) circumstances? 6-year-old critically injured after being shot by a 15-year-old with an AK47 in an attempted carjacking? (OK, that last one did make me do a bit of a double take).
Horribly, it's just the same-old same-old. The rest of American A) doesn't care and/or B) can't figure out what to do.
But a 14-year-old (who was on the high-school swim team and in ROTC) killing his mom for not letting him hang out with losers? I'm actually shocked. From the same Detroit News:
Tamiko Robinson, 36, who was fatally shot -- relatives say by her teenage son -- as she was sleeping about 3 a.m. Monday.Oy.
Family members say Robinson's 14-year-old son, who is in custody, shot his mother because he was mad she wouldn't let him hang out with friends.
"He just wanted to hang with the thugs," said Robinson's brother....
"He said his mother won't let him have friends; he said his mother won't let him bring his girlfriends over; his mother won't let him stay out until 11 o'clock at night," Roberts said. "He's 14 years old."
Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine how two people died after their burning bodies were found early Monday on Detroit's west side.
Here's a Fox TV clip where the victim's brother says what happened.
Mayor Bing said: "What we are living with today is totally unacceptable."
What is the answer?
Update: Meanwhile I see we are enraged. When innocent white boys get killed. National front page headlines. And please don't ask why I had to play the race card. Why do we care so much more when the victims are white? We either care about innocent shooting victims or we don't.
A lot of people (and a lot of cops) say, "well the black community doesn't care about black-on-black crime." Well they do. You just never hear them talk. I mean, have you ever heard of Mayor Bing? I hadn't.
I would mention guns. But what's the point in talking about America's gun culture and the lack of gun control? That battle is lost.
As my favorite penguin says:
Relax. Your paranoid political fantasies notwithstanding, no one's going to take your guns away!
Barring some seismic realignment in this country, the gun control debate is all but settled--and your side won. The occasional horrific civilian massacre is just the price the rest of us have to pay.
Over and over again, apparently.