Amid viral frenzy, clown-suited man grabs for toddler in Concord
It is safe to say that many, including those reading my blog post as of now, have heard of cases involving clowns acting suspiciously either on social media platforms or even the news. Many of these incidents are actually deemed hoaxes or little skits created in order to achieve publicity. However, on October 5th in Concord, California, the unpleasant viral trend took a turn for the worst. Tiffany Martin, a 24-year-old mother, was with her toddler at the bus stop when, out of nowhere, a man in a clown costume approaches and strikes up a seemingly friendly conversation. Nothing was out of order until the clown grabbed at the child’s arm, giving Martin no other choice but to kick the man in the groin; thus, forcing him to flee. Petitions are now being made to give people the right to shoot at a clown if he or she is acting suspiciously. All in all, what we can draw from this event is that a petty act, the wearing of clown costumes and scaring people, can lead to serious consequences.
This incident, although not as severe, can serve to be related to the Ku Klux Klan in the way that average civilians put on costumes in order to conceal their identity to commit crimes. Also, this is partially related to the shooting of African Americans due to the fact that clowns are innately seen as incredulous by civilians just as how some police officers see African Americans as being potentially dangerous.
Should the shooting of clowns be permitted if they act with eerie intent?
How should society deal with such incidents?