14 year old carries a knife, a woman dies, her life gone, his life ruined.

Posted: August 2, 2012 in Political musings, Popular Culture et al
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weapons

This is a deadly weapon ……….. and so is this …………… and so is this.

There is a lot of discussion in the world currently about guns. The recent events in Colorado make that inevitable. And the arguments on both sides in favour of the Second Ammendment to the Constitution in America, and in every other country in the world, will rage on. We do ourselves a dis-service if we do not concede that there is sincerity on both sides, although not in the case of everyone doing to the arguing.

Try to pick this issue apart, I have always said that in my opinion it is the attitude – the desire to carry a weapon, and the acceptability of that – that determines the likely outcome, and the question of an innate a preparedness to engage in violence. Even if that preparedness is momentary, fleeting, instinctive. The effects can last forever.

There is little doubt in my mind that some countries are inherently more violent than others, with less concern about the potential for human injury or death. I have opined many times that the real problem with guns in America, for example, is their casual acceptance of violence – not to mention poverty, disconnectedness, crime and lack of social justice – that leads that nevertheless great country to suffer even more gun violence than even its vast number of weapons in circulation would assumptively lead to.

It’s not just the number of guns in America that matters. It is people’s preparedness to use them.

But guns are only part of the story. We have seen recent high-profile cases in Victoria and New South Wales – but they occur regularly – where a single punch has killed a young man.

I have thrown punches in my life. The thought now horrifies me. A single punch can kill. When will we learn?

So it is surely the duty of all parents, all teachers, and all law enforcement officers, all social workers, all churchmen, all imams, all politicians, to promote one simple fact.

Violence – other than, PERHAPS – in self-defence (a matter for another article) – is unacceptable, under any circumstances, because violence, even minimal violence, even violence without serious intent, can maim or kill.

Another tragic case today

Today, the Victorian Supreme Court has heard the story of a 15-year-old boy, who fatally stabbed a mother of three after “egging” her home, and that he would be considered just “a naughty little boy” had he not been carrying a knife.

However, he was. And the teenager has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, after he killed a 43-year-old woman with a single stab wound to the chest. She died of severe blood loss.

Prosecutor Mark Rochford told the court the teenager targeted the house with his friends, after he told them the woman’s son was bullying him after school.

The court heard that the woman, her husband and 11-year-old daughter gave chase after eggs were thrown at the roof of their house, carport and cars in July last year.

The boy, who was 14 at the time, ran away and was hiding in a nearby driveway when the woman confronted him.

He was armed with a knife that he had been given by his friend. It was described as being “no bigger than a pen.”

Mr Rochford said the woman said “we’ve got you” before running at the boy, who then stabbed her.

The teenager asked his brother to get rid of the knife. It was found by police divers in a lake.

Friends gave him up

The prosecution said the boy shaved his head to try and avoid detection, but he was arrested at his home after his friends went to police.

The boy’s lawyer said causing the death of a person was hard for a 14-year-old to digest and his client was deeply remorseful.

“He is not a child who was off the rails at the time,” he said. “He is no rat-bag.”

Indeed, the court heard he is a very timid, quiet and withdrawn boy with no history of violence. The defence submitted the boy should be sentenced to three years in youth detention.

Justice Paul Coghlan questioned whether it was enough, given that he was armed with a knife. “Apart from the knife, they were just naughty little boys,” the judge said. However, he said, the boy had chosen to take a knife to what was a childish prank. The boy will be assessed by youth justice and will be sentenced at a later date.

“Why would anyone think it necessary to have a knife?” the judge asked.

Why, indeed?

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Comments
  1. And so not two more lives, but his ruined. Hers gone and her families destroyed as well. It never ends.

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