When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have belts

mens-belt…and table legs, apparently. This story from Georgia shocks the conscience. We are from a generation in which a corrective was sometimes applied to a child with a belt. Indeed, we took our licks, and usually deserved ’em. But this kid was injured by a beating delivered by an apparently unrelated adult man — but on the incitement of his mother. Injured badly enough that his injuries were apparent to investigators several days later. (And ex-state-senator John Morse thinks we have “a sickness in our souls.”) The Augusta Chronicle:

An Augusta man has been accused of cruelty to children after striking his son with a belt and a piece of wood.
Albert Terrell Scurry, 40, of Southdale Drive, was booked into the Augusta-Richmond County jail Tuesday on a charge of cruelty to children in the first degree in connection with the incident.

The child told DFCS agents and Richmond County investigators that his mother, Shakemma Trowel, 35, accused him of stealing marijuana from her bedroom and giving it to someone else in the area. Trowel later called Scurry, who came to the mother’s residence in the 3800 block of Mike Padgett Highway with a belt and a piece of wood similar to a furniture leg.
Scurry struck the child on his back, stomach, arms, legs and buttocks before punching him in the right eye, the report said. DFCS agents photographed the child’s injuries before turning the investigation over to the sheriff’s office.

via Man charged with cruelty in son’s beating | The Augusta Chronicle.

Nobody comes out of this looking too good. The kid took several days to report the abuse, so the lacerations and bruises the DFCS saw and imaged were what was left some time after the beating. Even the most enthusiastic supporter of a parent’s right to corporal punishment of a chiled must balk at the idea of bringing in a designated hitter.

While Scurry is clearly a complete waste of protoplasm, one wonders what contribution that Trowel, the abused kid’s mom, has ever made to society. (And one expects the kid himself not to fall far from the tree; it’s unfortunate, but such a toxic family early in life really stacks the deck against him).

The fundamental public policy question is this: is our viloent crime problem (a) the result of easy access to guns or (b) the result of actions taken impulsive, cruel self-centered and/or mentally ill people? You’re probably going to reach different public policy positions than someone who chose the opposite causative mechanism.

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  1. Andy

    But what if the so called rebels,Al Queida for short,happened to recieve Chemical weapons from someone outside of Syria?Wouldn’t this give them the ability to desperse these weapons,also another story we are hearing is that the rebels accidentally released these chemicals after they recieved them.Boobama wants to take us to war,what this boils down to is A pipeline from Saudi Arabia to Europe just has to go through,so say the Saudi’s,that is why they have said they will foot the bill against Syria,also Syria,and Iran use the petrodollar,not the US dollar for a reserve Currency,and they have to be taken off of this so the bankers can control their system also.Part of the greater good plan for the World,according to some.Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

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