Martin was 17 - almost a legal adult, and old enough to consent to a sexual relationship. He was not a kid - as that, to me, - denotes a pre-teen individual (younger than 13). He was a teenager.
In Little Rock (in Arkansas - my state): a 27 year old male was shot the other day after he stole a car / fled from the police / pulled out a weapon. People protested for a while and some were on TV referring to him as "a kid." With sentiments such as "they need to stop harassing our kids." These are band-wagon jumpers, and total morons. They only knew a black person was shot by a police officer in their neighborhood and automatically assumed all the wrong things - and looked foolish in the end.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Yes and no... I mean sure nobody wants to shoot a little kid, if they have any heart at all... BUT. There have been cases of some really vicious young gangers, under 13 even, who have committed various crimes including murder, often at the behest of older gang members.
If a 10yo points a gun at you and acts like they really will use it.... you do what you feel you have to do.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."