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Dad Shoots Daughter’s Laptop Over Facebook Post

There has been a lot of discussion over this video clip posted to YouTube showing the father of a North Carolina teenage girl shooting a laptop. What makes me laugh is how the article makes a point of how he wears a ‘cowboy hat’ and smokes a cigarette. OK, so he wears a broad brimmed hat and he smokes? Does that make him ….what? A bad dad?

Then some comments on You Tube include bleeding hearts whining how he is setting a bad example of how to manage your anger and how the gun is inappropriate etc. If he drove over the laptop would that have sent the wrong message for teen drivers? If he threw it out of a fourth floor window what would that encourage those teens to do? He seemed like a reasonable, intelligent, educated and above all else caring parent.He has made his point and millions of people around the world have seen this. I would say the majority support the message, if not the method. I don’t have a problem with him shooting the laptop. He has a licensed firearm and he is using it safely on private property. He bought and paid for the laptop, it is not something the daughter needs to sustain life (although she might see things differently).

I like to think this has sent a positive message to my 13 year old daughter, and in time, her four sisters who will be following her into teenage over the next decade. What was it that guy Voltaire said? Something about shoot one… to encourage the others…

So Tragic, So Avoidable

Nona, lured to her death by two men she met on Facebook. Rest In Peace.

On Wednesday last week an 18 year old young woman arranged to meet two men at a railway station and go camping. She had never met these two men in person before. She had met them on Facebook. When she didn’t return home on Thursday her distraught family alerted the authorities. Sometime on Friday her body was found in bushland and a 20 year old man is going to charged for her murder. For those facts to be published so early in the case and so definitely suggests the police are in no doubt they have the murderer.

How sad, how tragic, how so very bloody avoidable! My heart goes out to the family and also to the poor woman now lost to us all for who knows what she might have contributed to our society? For me, never having met any of the family or the woman herself I can sit back and analyse, make comment, pass an opinion and do it all without the emotion of having lost a loved one in such brutal circumstances. Please take what I write as a professional observation, not a personal attack on the deceased or her family.

To me it is obvious that you do not arrange to meet anyone you have only ever had contact with via the net without someone else you know and trust being present. You especially never willingly put yourself in a position where you are outnumbered and no doubt ‘outgunned’. I have yet to meet the woman that is the match for two men. Having had to physically manage more than one man at a time I know how difficult and dangerous it can be for a trained person.

Camping? What was she thinking? Isolated in the bush with two complete strangers? What did she think was going to happen at best, let alone at worst? Of course she was a ‘good girl’ from a good home, aren’t they all? But still she agreed to meet two strange men for the first time and go camping with them.

At 18 a person is an adult in the eyes of the law. If a person was born on the 1st of June 18 years ago then on the 31st of May they are still only 17, still a juvenile, still considered a child. The clock strikes midnight and Voila! Instant Adult. But what is really different from the juvenile of a few moments before to the adult of now? I am sure the parents would say they were still their baby… it’s what we parents do.

Somebody’s baby boy made friends with somebody else’s baby girl online. Lured her to a meeting with him and his friend, another mother’s baby boy, and they murdered the poor, naive baby girl. Why? What did it achieve? Was it a friendly camping trip gone horribly wrong? Did the killers plan this after watching too many straight-to-video teen horror flicks?

So very, very avoidable. We all make errors of judgment. Fortunately all of mine have been less than fatal… so far.

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