This shooting has prompted calls in Australia for tourists to boycott the United States. America’s international reputation is one of a violent, gun prevalent place where innocents are routinely slaughtered in the streets, and incidents like this only exacerbate that image. I can’t imagine any parent sending their kid to school here.
Friend of the Blog Joe M. tells me that Halliburton was founded in Duncan, Oklahoma. So it all makes so much more sense now. The thread of violence that runs through American life has a symmetry all its own. These things become become shockingly predictable. Here’s another example: Newtown, Connecticut is home to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, trade association for the firearms industry.
Coincidence? Or synchronicity?
This story haunts me, not just because of the randomness of it, but because there’s still this crazy idea that somehow small towns are a better place to live than big cities. And maybe there’s more to this story than we’re being told, I dunno. It just defies common sense:
An Australian baseball player out for a jog in an Oklahoma neighborhood was shot and killed by three “bored” teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said.
Christopher Lane, who was visiting the town of Duncan, where his girlfriend and her family live, had passed a home where the boys were staying and that apparently led to him being gunned down at random, Police Chief Danny Ford said Monday. A 17-year-old in the group has given a detailed confession to police, but investigators haven’t found the weapon used in last week’s shooting, the chief said.
That teen and the others – ages 15 and 16 – remain in custody, and Ford said the district attorney is expected to file first-degree murder charges Tuesday. It wasn’t known if the three will be charged as adults or juveniles. They are to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.
“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,'” Ford said. “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.'”
He said they followed the 22-year-old Lane, a student from Melbourne attending college on a baseball scholarship, in a car and shot him in the back before driving off.
Ford told the television station KOCO in Oklahoma City that one of the teens said they shot Lane for “the fun of it.”
I can’t imagine what this young man’s family and friends are dealing with, especially being so far away. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Duncan is a small town of 22,000 and the neighborhood where the incident occurred was described as “leafy” and “upscale.” The alleged shooters were all minors — ages 15, 16 and 17. The parents are in denial and claim their kids are innocent.
Upscale neighborhood? Bored teens? How the hell did they get their hands on a gun in the first place?
The Duncan newspaper says two of the teens were known to local police. And that’s the thing, you’re stuck in a small town, you’ve got nothing to do, you’re basically looking for trouble. Usually that means cow tipping and setting hay bales on fire. For these kids it was murder.
What’s that old saying? “Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop” …