Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Neighbors Are Shocked Scared

Again with the neighbors... Deputies: Burglary turns bloody when homeowner shoots intruder | New Mexico News - KOAT Home.
Instead of running off, police said Carpenter came back and threatened the homeowner by shoving his gun through the dog door in the back of the house. The homeowner then shot the Carpenter six times, sending him to the intensive care unit of the hospital.

The wrinkle is the guy stole marijuana, for which the homeowner had medical license. He came back from more and got shot.

And the neighbor?
"It's pretty disturbing," neighbor Jaynelle Romero said. "We all know things like this happen. It's just scary to know it's in your neighborhood."

Because things like this aren't supposed to happen in this neighborhood. They only happen in other kinds of neighborhoods. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.


Unknown said...

To a certain extent being shocked is normal. We do not think, unless we live in a poor, violent neighborhood, that where we live is going to be anything but pleasant. When I was growing up in the 1950's in Queens, NYC we found a caddie sitting on the street one day which was unusual in that we were lower middle class and no on had a caddie. It took a bit but someone notice holes in the trunk and so an adult called the cops. It was a Mafia hood who had been wasted and dumped.

Things happen at times but they are not the norm so people are shocked.

Zendo Deb said...

Being shocked is "normal" because the middle class likes to lie to themselves.

They don't have to worry about crime. Crime happens to "other kinds of people." Read that as poor and minority, or bad people - that's why no one cares about gay bashing, gays are bad and bad people suffer. Crime also happens in "other kinds of places" You can read that as anything that is NOT middle class. (Why is it that no - even today - pays much attention to domestic violence? Because it is uncomfortable to think of crime close to home.)

"Shocked" is normal for people who have their heads in the sand.