The Hits Keep Coming!
King Hits and Religious Nutters
In 2015 over a hundred religious nut-cases were reported to have left Australia in order to go and join Islamic State. Among other things Islamic state has been responsible for the destruction of Roman architecture, the rape of women and the beheading of men. All in the name of some twisted version of Islam.
So what will happen to these people who have joined Islamic State? Hopefully they will not return to Australia. Those born in Australia will have to be let back in. Hopefully they will be given harsh sentences for their misdeeds.
In 2014 the freedom of the French people was attacked by Muslim terrorists. They killed artists and writers.
At the beginning of 2014 there have been reports on the news and current affairs shows that steroid abuse coupled with alcohol may be fueling a lot of the violence that can now be seen on the streets of Sydney. How much of this is true has yet to be determined.
What is known is that steroids can play with a person's emotions as well as do damage to vital organs of the body. What is gained by building up muscle can definitely be a loss elsewhere.
Recently in 2013 new laws have been proposed in dealing with offenders who king hit others to the point of death or near death.
It has been felt by the public for a long time that sentencing has been way too light for offenders. You kill someone or put someone in say a paraplegic state and you only get a few months? A lot of Australians reckon this is simply not reasonable.
In Sydney, Australia of late there have been a number of king hits that have not only disabled the victim but have brought on death.
A king hit is a punch that usually comes out of the blue and is the beginning and the end of a fight. King hits are often fueled by either alcohol or drugs. The one being hit may not know or have even met their attacker. They just happen to be walking down the wrong street at the wrong time. Then POW! They lose everything.
Kings Cross, Sydney seems to be one locale for the king hit. The gaudiness and sense of lawlessness of the place tends to attract the young. One young man was struck down, hit his head on the pavement and was rushed to hospital. There was fear of brain damage. He might have survived as a paraplegic. As it turned out, he didn't survive his head injuries at all. He had gone to the Cross to help celebrate a friend's birthday. The person who decided to hit him didn't even know him.
I have never been king hit. I do remember, however, an incident about fifteen years ago that could have gone really bad for me. I lived at Cronulla, south of Sydney at the time. It was a Saturday and I had taken a late night train home from Sydney proper. As I got off the train at Cronulla, I noticed there were small groups of young people drinking in the town square area. I thought to walk swiftly past them. I was probably grimacing at the time since I didn't want trouble but felt the possibility of it being there waiting for me.
Well, my grimace was mistaken for a grin and one of the drunks hurled a bottle my way. It came close to hitting me on the head. Despite the person throwing it being intoxicated, it was delivered with some force.
How do I know my grimace was mistaken for a grin and this was the supposed cause of the incident? I overheard a conversation between the offending drunk and another drunk. One was advising the other not to throw a second bottle since hitting me with it would get him into lots of trouble. The other defended throwing the first bottle with the grin story. No doubt the Cheshire Cat would have been in real strife on that square that night.
Should anyone have been drinking in that square at all? Signs had gone up some time before indicating that the place was a no alcohol zone. Apparently this didn't matter to the drinkers. This was probably why I was grimacing. I thought I would be free of drunks and their antics. I felt way too sober to be talking to anyone well over the limit.
In any event, I didn't get my head opened up by a bottle and I was glad to get home in one piece. I was very lucky. I felt as if I'd just gone through a World War Two land battle with the enemy throwing live hand grenades. No, I never did meet the bottle throwing drunk when he was sober. I live elsewhere nowadays but not entirely out of the line of fire.
Broken Glass in Face!
FIGHTS WITH BROKEN GLASSES!
In recent years some young women have decided to fight other young women with broken drink glasses. This has happened in Sydney. It has also happened in Wollongong. The results? The loser, if she's lucky, gets to walk away with scars for life. If unlucky, the jugular vein might be cut and she gets to bleed to death. Mind you, the tendency seems to be to go for the face rather than the neck. The incidents I know about took place in pubs. One of those pubs now serves drinks in plastic containers rather than glass to avoid any repeat performances of this kind.
Why fight with broken glass? The answer is not forth coming. It is suggested that they're trying to impress their macho boyfriends. It should also be noted that these confrontations are often fueled by alcohol. There was a time when young girls of only just drinking age would fight each other with fingernails. Of course some now do it with martial arts. Then there are these crazies with broken glass.
Candid Camera Violence
LET'S PUT IT ON YOUTUBE!
This is probably the daftest thing that has happened over the last five years or so. You have high school kids filming fights at school and elsewhere with their mobiles. Then you have them sending the action to their friends and, somewhere along the line, it ends up on Youtube or elsewhere on the internet.
What has made the news are snippets of fights between girls. Sometimes these are fair fights. Sometimes it is a case of two or more girls ganging up on one girl. You also have young men fighting with fists or weapons. This sort of thing seems to be popular West of Sydney.
It has been known for the combatants to actually ask to be filmed. This is apparently a macho thing for both the girls and the guys. It is also rather stupid. To break the law by bashing up someone is one thing but to film it and thus inform the poilice seems to me to be utter lunacy. What's more, the filming not only informs the police but provides clues as to who was bashed and who did the bashing. No matter how well disguised the perpetrators are there are police experts able to get information from these snippets and act upon such information.
DRIVE BY HITS!
I grew up in a time when drive-by hits or shootings were considered to be an overseas thing. It just didn't happen in Australia. People just didn't fire guns from moving vehicles. This was the stuff of Hollywood gangster films and not reality in my country.
Then about a decade ago there was a drive-by shooting at Padstow, not far from where I grew up. Padstow is west of Sydney and has grown population-wise in recent years. Obviously with the growth has come certain tentions.
Drive-by shooting incidents have increased over the last five years. They are more often than not gang related but at least one involved young men rather than hardened criminals. There have been relatively few deaths and much property damage.
KNIVES AND SWORDS ARE DANGEROUS!
USING THE KNIFE!
Over the last decade the police have confiscated all sorts of cutlery from all kinds of felons. Where certain gang members cannot lay their hands on firearms they settle for knives of various shapes and sizes.
Customs in recent times have come across some pretty scary stuff in terms of blades so dangerous to human life that one cannot imagine what else they might be used for. The occasional sword also turns up.
Martial arts weapons such as the nanchuck, which was popularized by Bruce Lee for the Western world, are still out there. Home made examples turn up as well as the more professionally made.
Knife attacks were on the increase at one time. Now it seems that the king hit has taken over the headlines.
Increases in population result in increases in criminal activity. There are also increases in discontent fueled by alcohol and drugs. Sydney and her suburbs have been going through this for some time now. Other major cities in the world have either gone through it or are still going through it.
There are no easy answers especially among the young. Education and developing a sense of good sportsmanship have worked to some extent. Stopping people from developing feelings of not belonging, of alienation is another. Promoting a sense of well being and a desire to be involved in the greater community is still another.
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