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originally posted by: BrianFlanders
My god. Can you imagine how depressing it would be to die at Subway? It's one of those things that I guess if it has to happen, I wouldn't want to have time to lay there and think about the fact that I was going to die at Subway.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: CosmicAwakening
I saw what Blue was trying to say.
Let me tell you a little bit about the town I live in. Just over the last year or two, criminals who have been expanding their reach from London, out toward neighboring areas, have contributed, along with collapsing wages and a skyrocketing cost of living as a result of eight years of austerity politics in our country, to a massive increase in violent crime.
Stabbings, beatings, its all going on here at the moment. In broad daylight, at night, it does not matter a fig either way. Now, this is my manor, as the locals might say, my stomping ground. In terms of where I call my home, it goes right the way from the Eastern most coastal areas of my borough, all the way to the border with the neighboring borough, because I have walked on near enough every street, sat and even slept on most of the park benches, bus stops, and rest areas, and under the cover of every patch of woodland and parkland in the place. In terms of where I call home, its this entire borough. There is no place in this borough where I feel unsafe, because no one knows as much of it, as well as I do, not even folk who have lived in it since the sixties, purely because most folk keep to their little corner. But not me. I walk the streets as if I own them, because in so far as someone can own something they have no financial connection to, they are mine.
So I walk our high street at all times of day or night, I go about my business whether personal or commercial, at whatever time is necessary, and I think nothing of it, regardless of the increase in violence. And I damned well should. We all should, residents of this borough, go where we please, whenever we like, and damn the pricks with their knives and their gangs. Of course, the thing with me is that knives don't worry me and numbers are relatively easy to counter by choosing ones battleground, which is where local knowledge comes in.
The point though, is that it is by no means the case that to be out at a certain time of night, makes a person at fault for whatever happens to them, or indicates in any fashion that they are somehow involved in something which somehow legitimises what happens to them at the hand of a murderer. If some enterprising person manages to stick a knife in me, or some clever bunch of scumbags manages to corner me and do me in with feet and fists (which, by the way, they will have to earn), THEY will be responsible and the only party responsible for my death, and I have to give the dead man in this article the benefit of the same doubt. So do you guys. If you don't, thats just bad form, and you need calling on it every time you let your standards drop.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: TrueBrit
If this was a random shooting, I agree.
Sims, a 20-year-old junior from Baton Rouge, was shot during an altercation outside a Subway restaurant across from Southern's football stadium around 1:25 a.m. ET Friday. A video obtained by WBRZ shows several men fighting in the street outside the restaurant. A gunshot can be heard, and Sims can be seen falling to the ground before the remaining men starting running from the scene.