Dear Ask Paul B Readers,
I know that many of you may have read or heard about this, and I still can’t believe that it is true. You know how many sports enthusiasts appear to “live and die for their team?” This true account very much encompasses that reality. At a child’s birthday “bash” three men appear to be quarreling about their favorite Chicago baseball teams. We all know that the ending here is beyond deplorable. Before anyone can react, three men are beating the snot out of one man who has been knocked to the ground. One man is kicking this poor man in the face with a cowboy boot, while the two others are punching him. At the conclusion, this man loses an eye, and is now out of work for over a year. He WAS a commercial truck driver, with a wife and three kids. One of the assailants is at-large and one man is sentenced to “only” a three year prison sentence. With any ‘luck’, he’ll be out in perhaps 20 months or so. Not bad for nearly killing a man who happened to like the “wrong” baseball team. The newbie prisoner has not only injured this poor man now and ever, but he cannot provide for his family as he did prior to this vicious attack.
This happened almost one year ago to the day, and I am still stunned, saddened, sick, stupefied and shocked by what people will take to arms over. Four lives changed that day, and I have no idea what was accomplished in the end. If you are an angry drinker—then just stay home and throw bricks at your TV, but stay away from the public!!! If you cannot have just one or two drinks and be satisfied–stay home and pass out on the couch!! I am fed up with public drunkenness and what a mob action can deteriorate into. Read this to your teen (and others.)
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