YAKIMA, WASHINGTON — A homeowner had to shoot a juvenile in the chest after the kid and his buddy broke into a home. Both suspects were masked and believed to be armed when they broke into the home.
According to the Yakima Herald, the kid’s gun was recovered at the scene and he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The kid is listed in critical condition. His buddy was also captured alongside the getaway vehicle’s driver and passenger.
You know where you also see a lot of kids getting into violent crime at an early age? Latin America, Eastern Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa. Maybe gangs — and this is a real crazy hypothesis — actively recruit kids because they have a low overall value, are expendable, and aren’t punished to the same level as an adult?
What would I expect to see in the coming years? More adolescents and teenagers engaging in violent crime.
There’s no support structure available to stop them and there’s every incentive in the world for bad guys to recruit them.
This puts an incredible burden on concealed carriers and gun owners because we’re, well, stuck defending ourselves. And defending ourselves against 13-year-olds is likely not a scenario most of us have envisioned. It’s tough.
Unfortunately, just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they can’t figure out deadly force. With a stolen handgun and no training, I’d expect a teenager to be a lot more of a risk than an adult who has some idea of what real consequences come from pulling a trigger.
The real tragedy is that the people that put this kid up to this crime won’t face any real, meaningful punishment. They’ll likely get superficial charges. If this juvenile dies, his accomplices may be charged with his murder — something that should happen. If he doesn’t die, they really won’t face the same sort of loss.
Criminal behavior isn’t always very clear-cut. For the low-level operators, they get stuck in bad positions all the time. They do stupid things. They’re expendable. By the time the level of complexity moves up a rung, there’s already degrees of separation between the dumb thug on the ground and the captain. This means that when some juvenile gets killed or critically injured while undergoing an operation, his superiors will all walk. If any of his buddies get busted alongside him, they’re worthless. Well, they were already worthless.
The main point is this: the enemy you may face may not look the way you envision he will. You must assess the threat and act accordingly. Your life and your family’s life depend on your decisiveness.