Gunfight in Waco

Reason.com posted an article about the recent biker gang shootout in Waco, TX. More specifically, the article deals with folks that claim to have just been swept up in the events and not part of any of the primary participants.

They were simply bystanders

Law-abiding citizens that had NOTHING to do with the violence that left nine dead and 18 wounded. Therefore, they shouldn’t have been arrested and their property should have not been confiscated and they shouldn’t be in jail with $1 million bail awaiting trial.

Years ago a friend of mine was found behind an elementary school in Prince George’s County, Maryland. His hands were tied behind his back and he had been shot in the back of the head. While kneeling.

Executed

There was outrage among his friends and promises of retaliation. Having some experience in these matters, I was approached by the friends to join them in finding out who did it and retaliating. In my youth, I was known for a bit of a temper and an overdeveloped sense of duty to friends and family which was the other reason they came to me.

I declined

I declined because the guy that was killed was hanging with gangsters. Real gangsters. He dressed and acted the part. He was a hard man in his own mind but just another kid to the rest of us. He started to live the life. He lusted after and chased the life and he finally made it. He died like a gangster

He was a wannabe

At the end of the day, this thing in Waco is about wannabe gangsters that got caught up when real gangsters started acting like gangsters. Just like my friend. And, just like my friend, nine of them are dead.

They want to dress the part, act the part and hang around with folks that are the part but they don’t want to face the consequences. That’s just not how it works. Gangsters get arrested. Gangsters go to jail. Gangsters get killed.

They don’t whine about it afterwards

Eliot

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