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The New Face of Philadelphia

January 19, 2012

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/gallery?section=news/local&id=8511150&photo=1

This is the new face of Philadelphia.  Six teenage boys severely beat a 64 year old man last evening.  The victim, Ed Schaefer, was blind in one eye from his service in the Vietnam war.  Schaefer was walking to the bus top at 6pm to escort his wife when he was attacked from behind.  The news does not report a robbery.   Schaefer’s scull was fractured and he remains in the hospital.

These animals attacked an old man..because they could.  They attacked an old man in Philadelphia because there is little risk when six teenage men attack an old man from behind.  In Philadelphia, there is little risk that passersby could stop or catch the teens.  This is violent and this is ugly.

ABC news in Philadelphia reported on the attack-

The people who live and work in Olney are horrified and frightened.   “This is just terrible.  Everything is just happening up and down this block.  So many crimes are happening and no one is doing anything about it.”

I wonder if law enforcement officials in the city will encourage citizens to defend themselves.  Other sheriffs have done so.

I wish those young men had fathers who made them into responsible young men, but I can’t fix the past.  I wish Mr. Schaefer was armed to protect himself.  I hate it when bad things happen to good people.  I don’t want bad things to happen to you.  Stay safe.  Stay warm.

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