No, this isn't a headline from The Onion. My wife, ... my kind sweetheart wife, was driving toward Los Angeles a couple of mornings ago for a school outing and stopped by the gas station for some coffee. A woman ran in screaming "Call 9-1-1. Someone is being stabbed!!!" Of course, the majority of everyone rushes outside to see the action, including my wife. In the seconds of observing that everyone at the gas station, including a stout, young marine were standing there watching a young 30-something year-old man proceed to stab a 60+ year-old biker repeatedly while his elderly wife stood by helplessly, my wife realizes the perfectly logical thing to do is run in between the activity and scream "STOP IT! STOP IT!" Now, I wasn't there, but perhaps everyone at that point was thinking "Oh, yeah. Maybe we should try to stop this." I'm certain of one thing... the 30-year-old was stunned into a moment of paralysis while he decided what the heck to do next. Thank God he didn't decide to proceed stabbing anything in front of him!!! He went for his truck and proceeded to back out. My wife is so incredibly pissed at this guy and amped up on adrenaline, she does the next logical thing... runs over, stands behind the truck, and screams "#@%^#@!!! What are you going to do?!!!! Run me over?!!! #!^$#%!#%@%@!!!!!!!!!" Thank God the police pulled up simultaneously with guns drawn. Turns out the stabbing was over a patch on the biker's leather jacket that had something to do with the Hell's Angels. The young guy had actually followed the biker off the freeway to attack him, yelling "Give me your jacket." My wife explained all of the logic of this behavior to the police that the young guy had an issue with inappropriate use of the Hell's Angel patch on the jacket and had to attack the guy out of duty, since the biker wouldn't allow him to tear it off of his jacket. Makes sense to me! ??? What?! The police of course, questioned my wife, "How do you know this?" while the younger assailant eyeballed her wondering the exact same thing probably quite angry she knew these things. All thanks to her mom's forethought to raise her daughter amongst members of the Hell's Angels, mostly in bars. Oh... Yes, it's perfectly silly and ludicrous behavior. Yes, it's crazy and insane. Wait... or is it because of what we're raised to believe? I mean, to attack and stab a 60-year-old over a stitched patch in a leather jacket out of a symbolic effort to "serve your duty to a membership"? Sounds like gang membership, sounds like terrorism, sounds like Frat hazing, sounds like any group's silly initiation "rites of passage" that members (usually men) invent. Is what you believe worth killing a life over when the life of you or another isn't threatened? What about when your belief involves "saving" a person's life after death based on religious views? Is killing someone with the judgment of causing "eternal" death or damnation right? "Religious war"? Killing over killing? ... After a post like this, I'm so hungry right now, I could share the cost of paying someone else to kill a cow, so I can eat some of it... :P
I, of course, cannot say with certainty that either the attacker or victim were members of the Hell's Angels or even that the patch really had anything to do with the group. So, if you are about to take offense to this post and come hunt me or my wife down, consider that this post was to encourage non-violence. Perhaps we could consider a bowling match, since I suck at it, and if you win and wanted the post deleted, I would. I'd even throw in an apology post, 'cause you matter and I expect the same respect. Wow... enough sap out of that for Aunt Jemima!