Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Amid viral frenzy, clown-suited man grabs for toddler in Concord

Amid viral frenzy, clown-suited man grabs for toddler in Concord

Summary:
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.  


Connection:
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.


Questions:
Should the shooting of clowns be permitted if they act with eerie intent?
How should society deal with such incidents?


Source:

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Concord-cops-investigate-clown-kidnapping-attempt-9792865.php

14 comments:

  1. I believe that we the people have all rights to protect our self and bring out a gun on the Clown's that are a threat. If the solution isn't resolved before I take action then it should be permitted.

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  2. I believe that the citizens of our country should be allowed to defend themselves, be a gun or other smaller self-defense weapons. Also, obviously, people should not be out shooting clowns for no good reason, so the shooting of clowns without reason should not be permitted.

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  3. If these clowns are threatening your kids, then shoot them! Why would you not shoot them and let them harm your children? Society should make harsh punishments for any clowns that are caught so that other clowns back off and think about consequences before acting.

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  4. I believe that the citizens of our country should have the right to protect themselves. If these clowns are a threaten to you and your kids then you should stand up for them and do the right thing. You should have self-defense in situations like these because you have no clue on what the clown might try to do to you or your family.

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  5. I think that as citizens of America, we should have the right to protect ourselves. I think using self defense to defend yourself is extremely important. With this clown controversy going on, it is pretty scary when you really think about it. People are doing it as a prank, and to be funny. I don't find anything funny about it. I think it's pretty childish, and needs to somehow be stopped. I think it has gotten extremely out of hand, and it's not okay. Children and their families are being scared by these evil clowns, and it's not right.

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  6. I think that as citizens of America, we should have the right to protect ourselves. I think using self defense to defend yourself is extremely important. With this clown controversy going on, it is pretty scary when you really think about it. People are doing it as a prank, and to be funny. I don't find anything funny about it. I think it's pretty childish, and needs to somehow be stopped. I think it has gotten extremely out of hand, and it's not okay. Children and their families are being scared by these evil clowns, and it's not right.

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  7. I think all as citizens of our country should have the right to protect ourselves. These clowns need to know that we ain't scared of them. We should shoot them!!!

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  8. I think all as citizens of our country should have the right to protect ourselves. These clowns need to know that we ain't scared of them. We should shoot them!!!

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  9. I think all as citizens of our country should have the right to protect ourselves. These clowns need to know that we ain't scared of them. We should shoot them!!!

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  10. The shooting of clowns should only be permitted is if someone is in immediate or life threatening situations, and clowns should be put in mental institutions and or prison.

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  11. I agree with victor, on the fact that all citizens have the right to self defense. Shootings of clowns should be permitted, but only if they have done something that gives you a reason to do so, meaning, don't just go around shooting clowns for some may be innocent, considering the fact that Halloween is approaching, and not everyone will take this clown situation seriously and use this as a costume idea.

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  12. I agree with everyone above. The shooting o clowns is reasonable and is justified when they have the potential to hurt those around you.

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  13. No, it is not reasonable to shoot clowns because, even though they can be threatening, it is still immoral. They are people, too, under their costumes.

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  14. I agree with Divesh. Because Halloween is just around the corner, there is likely going to be a large group of people using the media buzz as inspiration for their costume-

    Unfortunately, this will likely consist of both harmless joke costumes, and people who choose to use the costume for malevolent intents and purposes.

    People ABSOLUTELY have a right to defend themselves, but regardless, everyone should proceed with caution.
    That being said--be safe everyone, and have a Happy Halloween!

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