|It has finally happened in Philadelphia|
A 65-year-old man was justified in shooting two of three teenagers who were attempting to rob him as he rode his bicycle along a popular river trail Wednesday morning, authorities announced Thursday.
The ordeal unfolded shortly before 11 a.m. on the Thun Trail in Cumru Twp., Berks Co.
The teens knocked the man off his bicycle and onto the ground, said police, who added that two of the teens were assaulting the man when he pulled out a gun and shot them.
The man was licensed to carry a gun, said Berks County District Attorney John Adams, who noted that he told investigators that he feared for his life. Adams said the man had no choice.
One of the alleged assailants, Julius Johnson, 16, a student in the Reading School District who skipped school Wednesday, died at the scene of a gunshot wound to the chest, officials said.
The city of Philadelphia is under-siege. Thirty-one people have been killed in the first 25 days of 2012 there.
Rocky Balboa, the fictional boxer who brought such pride to Philadelphia - a statue of this movie character sits outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art - wouldn't be able to train in the city now. He'd be targeted for assault or he'd have fled the crime that is forcing law-abiding citizens to leave for the suburbs, those rootless "drifter colonies" that surround almost every major city in America.
Annette John-Hall of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a column at the start of 2012, which quietly illustrated why white flight happens:
The paper read murder, Black on black murder,
The paper read murder, Black on black murder again
Murder again. . . . Is it genocide?
- Jay-Z and Kanye West, "Murder to Excellence"
Those gunshots that had you dropping to the floor on New Year's Eve? You know, the ones that traditionally ring in the new year?
They've become nothing more than an S.O.S., warning us that yes, domestic terrorism is alive and well in a city where brothers kill brothers - Philadelphia.
Talk about black-on-black crime: According to stats from the Philadelphia Police Department, 75 percent of 324 victims killed last year were African American men, while 80 percent of those doing the killing were - you guessed it - black males.
Unlike in New Orleans, where that city's elderly Black population prays for an end to Black violence - which no God answers - Philadelphia residents are witnessing the end-result of the experiment of ultimate freedom. Detroit should have been the case study that documented for the world to see that freedom fails. Sadly, many other cities must now fall to the same fate of The Arsenal of Democracy, with The City of Brotherly Love next on the list.
It's not hard to understand that its the Black population that makes a city unsafe to live. The greater the percentage (think Detroit or increasingly Philadelphia), the worse the violence. Just take a look at recent figures that showcase how Black people in Kansas City and St. Louis monopolize violence:
Missouri’s rate of 34.72 homicides per 100,000 black residents is almost double the national black homicide victim rate of 17.90, according to the study. The national rate for whites is 2.92 homicides per 100,000 people.
If there is any positive news in the report, it’s that Missouri’s nation-leading rate decreased from the year before when it led the country with 39.90 homicides per 100,000 black residents.
Kansas ranks 12th nationally with a rate of 20.04 per 100,000 population, according to this year’s report.
For their study of 2009 homicides, researchers reported 239 black homicide victims in Missouri. There were 35 counted that year in Kansas.
In St. Louis, blacks were victims in 125 of the 143 homicides in 2009, according to St. Louis police.
Of Kansas City’s 110 homicides in 2009, there were 81 black victims, according to Kansas City police statistics.Truth does seem to have a racial bias.
Knowing that Philadelphia is headed for extinction, and that the violence seen in 2011 from Black people there is going to be eclipsed in 2012, what does one do?
Exercise the usage of the Castle Doctrine:
A 65-year-old man shot two teens, one fatally, as they tried to rob him Wednesday morning on a trail near the Schuylkill River, police said.As of yet, the racial angle of this story is unknown. Judging by the rate at which Black people avoid riding bicycles and the fact that a white guy was attacked by Black people while riding a bike last year into Philadelphia, the odds are pretty good it's a case of Black-on-white violence that was only interrupted because of the timely application of what must be dubbed the (Frank) Castle Law.
The Berks County coroner's office did not release the name of the boy who was killed, saying only that he was a 16-year-old from the city. Officials said his mother asked them to give her time to notify relatives before releasing his name.
He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:17 p.m. by Deputy Coroner Jonn M. Hollenbach. An autopsy is scheduled this afternoon in Reading Hospital.
The other teen, who was shot once, was taken to Reading Hospital. Police did not release his name. Information on his condition could not be obtained.
A third teen, identified only as a 15-year-old boy, was stopped at the scene by police and taken in for questioning. He was later committed to the county youth center in Bern Township on unspecified charges.
Authorities also did not release the name of the man, who was not charged.
Police said the shooting occurred shortly before 11 on the Thun Trail near the Schuylkill River pedestrian bridge between Reading and West Reading.
According to investigators:
The man was riding his bicycle on the trail near the Bertolet Fishing Dock at South First Avenue and Chestnut Street in West Reading.
The teens knocked the man off his bicycle, and two of them assaulted him.
The man pulled out a handgun and shot them both.
This story is still developing (video here), but it's one that illustrates no "drifter colony" is safe from violence. Berks County, considered part of Philadelphia statistically, is 76 percent white and 4.9 percent Black.
Regardless of how the story turns out (if three white punks were the attackers), those who do evil to others must be punished. Those who would do evil must be reminded that their actions do have consequences.