I was going to write about something else when i read this article.
Now, when i first read the article i thought to myself, this is crazy. When I read the comments, i thought to myself, " sometimes i doesnt pay to read the comments to a news story".
these are the actually comment from one of the dead robbers "cuz"
WELL I GOT SUM N TA SAY TA SMACK...U R SO WRONG 4 WAT U SAID....ITS NOT AWESOME DAT 2 PPLE WERE KILLED...YEA THEY WERE WRONG 4 WAT DEY DID BUT NO ONE DESERVE TA B KILLED....THAT MAN COULD HAE JUST WOUNDED THEM....NOW THERE IS 2 FAMILYS OUT THERE WHO DNT HAVE THERE KIDS...AN A LIL BOY WIT OUT HIS DAD.......AN Y THEY GOT TA B THUGS IS DAT HOW YAW LOOK A BLACK PPLE......O BY THE WAY DAT WAS MY 1ST CUZ...AN U GONE BURN 4 DAT NASTY COMMENT U SENT...WAT IF DAT WAS ONE OF URS NOW THINK ABOUT DAT....NOW U TAKE DAT AN RUN WIT IT....
If me and a couple of friends decide to rob a store and our 'victims' just happen to have guns and shoot us, is there really anything my family can say to overlook the fact that i was killed attempting to commit a felony? It would appear that the "1st cuz" of one of the shooters took offense with the posters and stated that the gunman didn't have to kill them, he could have 'wounded' them. Um, let me see, some strange men are trying to rob your store and are beating up your coworker. Do you really think that they are not capable of KILLING either one of you? Um... naw, according to the logic of the 1st cuz. Those store employees would have more than likely been killed. Period. Cuz can pretend until the cows come home, but the odds were against the employees.
According to the "cuz' children are left without fathers. Considering their prior criminal history, they've been without real fathers for some time.
My response to the cousin is this: Its a shame your cousin died. What is really a shame is that you fail to comprehend the fact that your cousin was the cause of his own death. While it may be difficult for you to comprehend, your cousin and his 'friends' were were not nice people. There are the reason many companies do not have stores in low-income neighborhoods. Your cousin and his boys are the reason jobs have left many inner cities. Your cousin is the reason why black and hispanic men/boys account for a larger percentage in prison that the general population. his death should be a wake up call to you and your family. The call should be this. Get your act together. Stop blaming and projecting your failures, disappointment and lack of ambition on the people of the state of North Carolina and particularly the people of Charlotte. For those of you who dropped out of school, get an education. for those of you who are unemployed, try getting a job at McDonalds. Get some therapy, Get some counseling. Stop wallowing in the mindless ambition that living the 'street life' is somehow more glamorous than actually working a honest day. The decisions, good, bad and ugly brought you cousin and his friends to decide that robbing the pizza hut was easier than working there. Until and unless you, your cousin's family, his friends families and those around you understand and accept the fact that YOU are responsible for your own actions, your cousin will not be the first death.