A 17 year old boy shot in the
thigh by a state trooper after he attempted to choke his grandmother was apparently in a rage because his grandmother
had taken away his "violent games". As is usual with the mainstream and local media, the report in
links the violence to video games in the first paragraph yet offers no explanation for the boy's
extreme reaction to his grandmother's ban. When normal kids have their games taken away, they usually don't attempt to
kill the enforcer. Wikipedia's entry on rage
that contributors to irritability can "include fatigue, hunger, being in pain, sexual frustration, recovery from
an illness, or the use of certain drugs." We wouldn't be surprised to find one or more of these factors was a
greater influence on the boy's behavior.
From my vantage point of the gun restricted UK, I'm shocked that
the state trooper found himself with no choice other than to shoot the boy. With another fatal accident occurring only
a few days earlier (a trooper shot and killed a mentally and physically handicapped man after mistaking him for a
fugitive from Michigan) analysis of the trooper's actions shouldn't have been left to the single line: "the
shooting is under investigation."
[Image credit: Rob Rogers