Whenever I'm on the radio and the subject of guns comes up, I try to explain to gun-loving listeners that no, liberals aren't trying to suppress their freedom by controlling guns. It's just that people who live in cities have an entirely different emotional reaction to the concept of gun control, simply because those of us who live in them are so frequently exposed to the random nature of shootings.
This is a classic example.
Dad double-parks his car and he and mom run in the house for a moment, leaving their three little girls in the backseat.
Raging idiot, apparently annoyed at dad for double-parking, expresses his disapproval by pulling out a gun and shooting into the back seat, where he hits an eight-year-old girl in the head, fracturing her skull.
Your blood's boiling, right?
In a time before every posturing macho asshole in the world had access to a gun, the driver might have limited himself to a rude note left on the windshield. Or, he might have muttered under his breath and kept going.
Freedom! Via Philly.com:
James Hall had just double-parked his car outside his Southwest Philadelphia home when he heard another car rush by his, and then a pop.
The glass in his back window shattered. His stepdaughter, Aniyah Curry, sitting in the backseat, put her hands to her head, then pulled them away.
They were covered in blood.
Aniyah, 8, was rushed to the hospital Saturday night with a bullet lodged in her skull. On Tuesday, she was conscious, in pain, and awaiting surgery to extract the bullet. Police said she had suffered a fractured skull.
Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said the case bore the hallmarks of a "classic road rage-type incident."
On Saturday night, Hall and his girlfriend, Lakisha Robinson, had returned from a mall with their children around 9 p.m. They were planning to visit Robinson's brother's house later and double-parked the car in the 5400 block of Haverford Avenue, intending to retrieve a few things from their house.
That's when another car sped by, and someone inside fired a shot, they said.
Whoever fired was close enough to see the three young girls sitting in the backseat, Walker said. He said the shooter may have been frustrated that the car had double-parked.
"Whoever this idiot was who fired this gun needs to do the right thing" and surrender, Walker said.