Teens open Airsoft gunfire on children
Original post made
on Aug 15, 2007
Rathbone Way is not a main street with heavy traffic, so the Rhodes brothers often play basketball in the street. Combined with Huff Drive, the streets make a residential loop right near Mohr Elementary School.
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posted Friday, July 20, 2007, 12:00 AM
Posted by Jason
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Aug 22, 2007 at 1:09 am
So the mother got her two-minutes of fame, and probably 'good-neighbour' points in her area.
The kids earned their bragging rights, and probably mouthed off in their schools.
This article obviously stretches teenage mischief to an extent that make s it seem that Sports Equipment (Airsoft Guns) are lethal weapons, and the teens involved are criminals.
I am sorry but I cannot advocate the opinion portrayed in this article.
First off, being 18, I understand the complex reasoning behind the mischief or "Battery" that was commited. Simply, there is no reason other than that we are young, and we make mistakes and dumb decisions. IF ANYTHING, PARENTS and our ELDERS should be the ones that have a deeper understanding of a teen life rather than us. With age comes wisdom.
- Because this "Battery" was an inappropriate choice of the teenagers involved, a REASONABLE and inexpensive punishment should be dealt. The shame of having their names and personas cruelly and inaccurately displayed in an article (ON THE NET) is overkill.
- In my opinion, and taking from experience, a choice like this will never be made again. Let alone, it would never cross their minds either.
Now lets look at the shooting itself, from a scientific perspective. As well as count in any OTHER possible risks.
- Consider this: Lets say you are one of those teens, and of course you have their 'cruel' persona as well. You are in the shooting vehicle, as you approach your victims, would you want ur only means of escape to stop? or rather, maintain a moderate speed? Personally i would like a momentum going in order for a quick and easy escape.(Is it me? Or does the article say the truck stopped? Or maybe it was tweaked to appeal to a certain demographic of pleasanton citizens?)
- Now a question: What was one thing we were taught as children about strangers?
Answer: Don't talk to them or go near their cars.
(Just a little thing on my mind.)
- Sticking to my original theory of how the shooting truck was moving but at a slow place; mull over this:
(But first some background info: Airsoft pellets are relatively small in size and made out of some plastic polymer. The only areas where it could do near-severe/severe damage are the eyes [small target] and eardrums [near-impossible target]. Any where else of impact, there could be a possible abrasion, small welt or light bruise.)
The shooter was aiming a PIECE OF SPORT EQUIPMENT, not a "Firearm". His center of balance is constantly moving, along with his shooting plane, and if his shooting plane is moving, that means the targets he is aiming at, standing still or not, must be moving too. His projectiles, are miniscule in size and thus affected GREATLY by wind-change. Now weighing in all these factors, against the chance of hitting an incredibly small target which could cause severe damage to the victim; chances are, hitting that target will be increasingly difficult (with every shot, considering recoil also.)
Not to be mean, but those kids got it easy, they would have received the same bruises/abrasions if they were to play a game of airsoft. There is probably a higher chance of them getting hurt worse doing whatever they were doing or playing a sport at school.
Also just to throw it out there, If the argument is poised: "Those children witnessed a traumatic event". Citizens of pleasanton, no they haven't.
Actually it has already started, and you don't even know it. The source: school.
During lunch breaks and recreation time, bullying,teasing, etc. is something all kids are familiar with in school. And it increases in high-school. But thats all besides the point.
In a nutshell, I am just trying to say that mother of the kids overreacted, as well the city. The kids, well, they just wanted to be in a newspaper and try to fight us 'big-kids' back. The teenagers, they learned their lesson. And this article, just another way the media tries to affect you.