Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


Old West, Again?

Could Oklahoma’s be reverting to the Old West?

At one time in my life I read only Louis L’amour books, so my take on this might be just slighted skewed. 🙂

The news this morning told about a couple of non-lethal shootings–and neither of them were drive-bys. Now I realize there may be a lot more to these stories than I’ve heard or understand, but go with me on this.

#1–According to TV, a man kicked in the back door to a house (a beautiful big house!) then kicked in the master bedroom door and (surprise!) was shot by the homeowner.

There was a rumbling about a girl friend/ex-girl friend also being in that bedroom, but why would anyone think they had the right to kick in a door and barge into someone else’s house? What’s up with that?

Sounds like the Old West to me.

#2–A man was in an SUV in an apartment parking lot. A security guard thought he looked suspicious, so he pulled his gun and walked toward the vehicle. The driver saw the guy coming at him, got frightened and threw the car into reverse, and hit the guard’s vehicle.

The guard thought HIS life was in danger and started shooting. He hit the driver in the leg and sent him to the hospital. What’s up with that?

More Old West shenanigans. 

 And finally, a group of students at one of the big city high schools is raising money to build a house as the youth part of Habitat for Humanity. They showed pictures of them working together on the first house they built. It looked like a real, old fashioned barn raising–neighbors helping neighbors–just like they did in the Old West. Honestly, any idea what’s up with this?

Maybe what we need are ideas on how can we get more of this and less of that.

Do you have any suggestions?