Here’s the hysteria (and it is probably justified) from a local Washington DC CBS station: “Potentially Fatal ‘Knockout’ Game Targeting Strangers May be Spreading.”
A terrifying new ‘game’ that’s already caused deaths in Syracuse, St. Louis and New Jersey is sweeping the nation, and it preys upon unsuspecting people walking the streets, anywhere.
A recent report from New York-based CBS 2 shed light on the growing trend, displaying unsettling footage of teens participating in this game – which goes by the name ‘Knockout’ – and involves randomly targeting passersby, with the ultimate goal being to knock them out with one punch as they walk by.
One victim shown in the footage was 46-year-old Ralph Santiago of Hoboken, N.J., who was found dead with his neck broken and head lodged between iron fence posts, according to NJ.com.
Video surveillance shows Santiago walking in an alleyway in broad daylight, and just as he’s about to pass a pack of teenagers, one launches the fatal, knockout blow.
And what’s the point?
“For the fun of it,” one teen said in the video.
“They just want to see if you got enough strength to knock somebody out,” said another.
The story goes on to warn that the game might be coming to Washington DC. A woman was attacked in a way that seems consistent with this game.
But why is this game so “terrifying”? What makes it possible for this game to even exist?
I can’t promise a simple way to create a society in which no one ever indulges in thrill crimes. Sin and evil happen.
But the fact that there is sin and evil in the world doesn’t explain how it can become a fun game spreading throughout the country. For such activity to become popular requires certain conditions.
It has be an activity that is safe for the perpetrator. They need a reason to believe that they won’t suffer any consequences.
Someone tried to play a variation of this game in Lansing, Michigan, using a stun gun instead of fists.
The assailants had scouted the site, the victim and even practiced firing the taser. But then it all went wrong. Or right.
When Marvell Weaver jammed the taser into the ribs of the still unidentified man and pulled the trigger, it jammed. The target pulled out his .40 caliber Smith and Wesson and shot Weaver as he tried to escape to the getaway van where two of his accomplices waited.
“Weaver ran, sat down across the street, his leg going numb, bleeding. Pleading.
“‘I’m sorry, please don’t kill me, I don’t know why I did that, I’m high you know, I just wanna go home,’” the teen told the man who had just shot him.
He lived. This happened in May, while the intended victim was picking up his child at a school bus stop.
The problem is that the above story, for most major cities, is a fluke. It is certainly not going to happen in Washington DC. Maybe there is a slight chance of accidentally targeting an undercover cop, but that is so unlikely that no punk can really feel scared about it.
People make games of violent attacks when they find themselves in a great playing field. By successfully encouraging a culture of disarmament, young guys find themselves in a happy hunting ground.
They know they can get away with it because very few people will be armed.