The "knockout game": **** around and find out
Last week I published an article titled 'Self-defense warning: the "knockout game", a.k.a. "polar bear hunting", is back'. If you missed it, you might want to read it before you go any further with this one.
Over the weekend, Phil at Bustednuckles put up a video clip of what looks like a school or college, where one student (?) sneaks up behind another and sucker-punches him. Unfortunately for the sneaker, the sneak-ee was not only still conscious, but had a gun. His reaction was lethally effective. Click over to Phil's place and watch the video for yourself.
I don't approve of uncontrolled violence in society at all: but I'm also firmly convinced that the only way to stop it becoming uncontrolled is to control it at its source - namely, stopping violent people before they get out of hand. In this case, I'm forced to acknowledge that's precisely what happened. As Phil says: "Darwin and I both approve."
As the late, great Jeff Cooper once put it:
One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure - and in some cases I have - that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.
Quite so! I hope that many more players of the "knockout game" or "polar bear hunting" find that out for themselves, as quickly as possible. Their loss will be a net benefit for the rest of us in polite society.