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    Indifference

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Garball, Mar 10, 2014.

    My girlfriend and I were watching tv and we heard several pops. She asked me if I thought it was gunfire. It was, but I wasn't going to tell her that. Gunfire is very common in my city. We just kept watching tv until the cops and fire department showed up on her street. Turns out there was a shooting a few doors down. Caused so much excitement that a few neighbors stepped outside and I went to the grocery store.
    It's amazing what you can get used to and how little you care about what happens outside of your front door.
     
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    Maybe you should go back to school to be a coroner?
     
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    I wouldn't ever get time off
     
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    People really don't know what it means to be shot at, until it happens. Then when you tell people you've gotten used to being shot at, people look at you like you have two heads.
     
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    That's just being a bad neighbor, dude. You should have at least called the police.
     
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    No, being a bad neighbor would be you stealing the person's BBQ grill while they are dying in the ambulance.
     
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    OK but he wasn't being all he could be
     
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    Call the cops and tell them what? I might have heard gunfire?
     
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    Better to call the cops and be wrong than to not call them and be right. Did they catch the person who did it?
     
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    No. A lady across the street from the house that got shot witnessed a man step out of a car and shoot at the house. They released the make of the car but no description of the driver. Nobody was hurt
     
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    It is being a bad neighbor. That's kinda my point. The way the city is laid out, there really is no good side of the tracks. Growing up we would hear shots and just try to guess what street they came from. Rarely was the gunfire followed by sirens. We've all just gotten accustomed to it
     
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    Damn, dude, you make it sound like you live in Baltimore.
     
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    It's Shreveport, Louisiana. The guy was probably shooting at a gator or nutria rat and missed.
     
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    "Look outside the window, there's a woman being grabbed
    They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed
    Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain
    But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game
    And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
    Outside of a small circle of friends."

    Phil Ochs, "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends" - 1966

    Move on, nothing to see here folks.
     
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    Reminds me of the part in Bukowski's factotum where Chinaski is lying in bed with his girlfriend. There's a commotion outside so he goes to look. The hall is full of smoke and firefighters evacuating residents. He closes the door and goes back to bed. His girlfriend asks what's going and and he says 'nothing'.
     
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    Poor family didn't get supper then
     
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    Sorry, why carrying arms is not prohibited in your state? Holding a gun is a hazardous thing for people. Specially, when someone is drunk or mad. So I believe some things are harmful in the west

    Gun
    Alcohol
    Free sex
    Harshness
    Gamble
     
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    Wrong.

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    I would have at least checked if no one was injured. That's the decent human thing to do, regardless of neighbour or not.

    Speaking of indifference, or in most cases fear of getting involved, a lady was raped a few minutes up the road from my old place (my family still live there) it was 9pm on a Friday night in a small alley next to two apartment blocks, plenty of people about and no one tried to intervene!! Makes me sick.

    Another example, a few weeks prior a school girl of 13/14 was raped in broad day light next to a busy street with many many houses and people about and not one sorry excuse for a human decided it was worth the risk.

    Disgusting behaviour.

    And we wonder why the world is going to shit?
     
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    Yup, I was gonna say. Every time I've placed in a situation that requires potential action, I think about the sort of examples Lae mentioned. Don't make me recite the Edmund Burke quote.
     
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    need to cite the source, when posting other's work... this is a song lyric by phil ochs, the first verse referring to the kitty genovese killing of long ago [1964 in NYC]... such scenes having become 'the norm' by now, sorry to say...
     
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    Yes, whenever you say something intelligent, you should quote me because I'm sure I've said it at some point in my life.

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    @Lewdog in high school:
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    Just to follow up on OP, these assholes shot at the wrong house. We don't care that they're shooting and they don't care who they're shooting:eek:
     
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    Oh for crying out loud, enough people know that Phil Ochs song to know the source. You knew it. :rolleyes:
     

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