A local 15-year-old, Demetrius Murphy, was shot and killed last Friday while allegedly breaking into a home. Another case of a young man--our very future--tragically taken from us as a consequence of one bad decision on his part? Perhaps not, according to Fox 2 St. Louis:
In fact, FOX2 has learned, he was once charged in the case that made the phrase “knockout game” common in St. Louis.
Demetrius Murphy, 15, died Friday morning after he and another teen, Michael Bryant, allegedly tried to break into a man’s home on Tennessee. Police say the homeowner emerged with a gun. Bryant ran, but they say Murphy confronted him and was shot and killed.
We have talked about the "knockout game" before, after a mob of feral teenagers, allegedly including young Demetrius, put a man, Matt Quain, in intensive care--just for "fun." For those unfamiliar with this form of "recreation," here is Wikipedia's entry about it, and this is how St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner described it then:
In this sick "game," which has apparently become somewhat popular in the area of late (this is the fourth local incident in the past few months), mobs of teenagers (around 18 of them is the estimate in this case) swarm an unsuspecting victim and beat him unconscious [sometimes] with bricks or whatever else is at hand--all for "fun."
A few months later, we had an update, when Quain thought Murphy and his fellow predators would finally face justice, only to find that the prosecution had to drop the case, when an essential witness suddenly refused to testify--very possibly after being threatened by the perpetrators.
There is no word on whether or not Murphy is thought to have been a participant in a "knockout game" in April, 2011, that left a 72-year-old Vietnamese immigrant dead.
Murphy's perhaps not so tragically premature death is not the only reason for this to be a good time to talk about the "knockout game." Keep in mind these mobs can number in the dozens (the pack that put Matt Quain in the hospital is estimated to have numbered about 18).
Now, keep in mind that one of the forcible citizen disarmament lobby's (and the Obama administration's, and the Democrat leadership's, and mass media's) top three goals at the federal level is a ban of "high capacity" magazines. Now we're told that even supposedly "pro-gun" congressmen--of both parties--might be ready to cave on sending people to prison for possessing an 11-round magazine (for up to ten years), just as they seem prepared to send them to prison for buying or selling guns privately.
When people face brutal, and very possibly fatal, attack by dozens of young thugs, law-abiding citizens are to be forced to be without the means to stop half or more of them.
Perhaps it's time to ask your Congress members--your servants--if they support your right to defend your life, or the "right" of mobs of brutal teenagers to play the "knockout game" with less danger to themselves.