You may not hear much about the latest rage shooting, a strange event that happened in
Township near .
That's because the early reports were carried by one of the lesser news
purveyors, United Press International, rather than the more widely followed
Associated Press, BBC, or major American television networks. Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Ben Clink said he pleaded for his life while moving snow|
Clink told reporters, "I was just saying 'Please don't shoot me, please don't shoot me, I'll move the snow, please don't shoot me.'"
Clink is a white man.
is a black man.
The story didn't make the UPI "Top News" category. It didn't even make the top five in the UPI "Odd News" reporting. Perhaps that's because of media preoccupation with another shooting rage story in
There Michael Dunn, 47, was convicted recently on attempted murder and other
Dunn said he and his girlfriend were in the parking lot of a convenience store when passengers in a vehicle carrying four teenagers played loud rap music that irritated him. After a confrontation about the music, Dunn fired 10 shots at the vehicle, hitting it nine times, and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.
As things now stand, Dunn is scheduled to serve at least 60 years in prison, a virtual life sentence for one his age. A possible retrial and appeal are pending. Dunn had a concealed weapon carry permit.
It appears that deadly violence inspired by rage over what seem to be petty matters is not the province of one race or another.
It seems to me more likely that the seeds of rage lurk within humans of many varieties. Throughout history, responses to insults or irritations often were violent and sometimes lethal, although in "civilized" societies the violence came to be more likely a relatively harmless poke in the chest, push to the ground, or punch in the mouth.
But now in the
U.S., killing people or trying to
over small matters seems to be increasing throughout the land. It couldn't be
because more people are carrying guns, could it? Of course not--the National Rifle Association
tells us that cannot be so.