It isn’t about the weapons used; it is about the breakdown of civilization. 20 Arrested, 18 Charged In Brutal Downtown Minneapolis Robberies.
The attacks were caught on surveillance video, taking place in August. Police say groups of people would target one person, assault them, and often to take their cellphone and wallet. The 18 suspects range in age from 15 to 27.
Because teaching things like “Thou shalt not steal” or “Refrain from taking that which is not given” would be oppressive, or something.
And situational awareness is a factor. (Or is that lack of situational awareness?)
Police said the criminals in the recent cases “finesse” the victim. They search for easy targets, typically someone who is intoxicated, alone, and looking at their phone.
The statements of the “man in the street” brought to mind the quote from The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes. (After the break, because its quite long.) And the fact that once again, Americans in the 21st Century are obsessed with Feeling Safe. Actually being safe, they could probably handle with a concealed carry permit. Or can of pepper spray. Or some situational awareness.
Hat tip to Wirecutter, who says No worries, a jury of their peers will acquit them. And also see the previous posting.