When Is Violence Justified?

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AN ACTUAL CRAIG’S LIST PERSONALS AD

To the Guy Who I Mugged in Downtown Savannah the night before last.

I removed my jacket and I drew my pistol. The evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a reason. My girlfriend was happy that I just returned safely from my 2nd tour as a Combat Marine in Afghanistan. She had just bought me that Kimber Custom Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very evening. Obviously, you agree that it is a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head … isn’t it?!

I know it probably wasn’t fun walking back to wherever you’d come from bare-footed since I made you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. [That prevented you from calling or running to your buddies].

I went and filled up my gas tank as well as those of four other people in the gas station, — on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 153 gallons and was extremely grateful!

I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go’s, along with all the cash in your wallet. [That made his day!]

I then threw your wallet into the big pink “pimp mobile” that was parked at the curb ….. after I broke the windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver’s side of the car.

Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the DA’s office and one to the FBI, while mentioning President Obama as my possible target.

The FBI guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat (I guess while he traced your number etc.). In a way, perhaps I should apologize for not killing you … I wish you well as you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues.

Thoughtfully yours, Semper Fi

I intentionally edited that a bit. I wanted you first to read all the things that this guy did or claimed to do. I do hope this isn’t real and someone was just trying to create some Facebook post that would go viral and receive lots of attention. But real or fictional, I was appalled. Can this type of cruelty ever be justified? Why would someone do so much damage to someone and then brag about it on Facebook? It sounds eerily familiar to some of the behaviors of the guards in the concentration camps, actions that so many people detest and find disgusting.

Yet, ironically, this post was liked, loved, or laughed at by 27K people and shared by 78K more!!!!

27K people laughed at, loved, or like this man’s cruel actions. Why?

The following is the post as it reads on Facebook without any editing. The phrases I removed from above are now in pink. These words that I removed make the difference for at least 27,000 people for them to not only justify but to give their approval for what this guy did.

screenshot_20180823-1455001219363367.jpegAN ACTUAL CRAIG’S LIST PERSONALS AD

To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me in Downtown Savannah night before last.
I was the guy wearing the black Burberry jacket that you demanded that I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend, threatening our lives. You also asked for my girlfriend’s purse and earrings. I can only hope that you somehow come across this rather important message. 
First, I’d like to apologize for your embarrassment; I didn’t expect you to actually crap in your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket. The evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a reason.. my girlfriend was happy that I just returned safely from my 2nd tour as a Combat Marine in Afghanistan. She had just bought me that Kimber Custom Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very evening. Obviously, you agree that it is a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head … isn’t it?!

I know it probably wasn’t fun walking back to wherever you’d come from with crap in your pants. I’m sure it was even worse walking bare-footed since I made you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. [That prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come help mug us again].

After I called your mother or “Momma” as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the entire episode of what you’d done. Then I went and filled up my gas tank as well as those of four other people in the gas station, — on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 153 gallons and was extremely grateful!

I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go’s, along with all the cash in your wallet. [That made his day!]

I then threw your wallet into the big pink “pimp mobile” that was parked at the curb ….. after I broke the windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver’s side of the car.

Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the DA’s office and one to the FBI, while mentioning President Obama as my possible target.
The FBI guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat (I guess while he traced your number etc.).

In a way, perhaps I should apologize for not killing you … but I feel this type of retribution is a far more appropriate punishment for your threatened crime. I wish you well as you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues, and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect upon, and perhaps reconsider, the career path you’ve chosen to pursue in life. Remember, next time you might not be so lucky. Have a good day!

Thoughtfully yours, Semper Fi

Link To The “Mugger” Post on Facebook

I’m not saying that we should excuse the first mugger’s cruel and wrongful behavior (and yes I am calling them both muggers). I’m not watering down his actions and minimize them. But I am saying that to confront someone’s cruel behavior with cruel behavior is toxic and destructive. It’s odd that we get so upset with the first mugger’s actions, but the second mugger, whose actions far exceed the cruelty of the first guy, we cheer on.  Somehow we are so willing to justify the second offender because the first offender started it.