Listening to the news over the past few weeks has made me ask myself that more than a few times. If you don’t quite understand the question, let me give you a refresher right quick.
The movie Falling Down, made in 1993, is a classic. Michael Douglas plays a laid off defense contractor worker named William Foster who basically loses it over the course of the movie. His goal is to get to his daughter so he can see her for her birthday. He starts off by abandoning his car, and over the course of the movie, he goes from verbally assaulting people with no weapon to becoming armed with a bag of guns and firing at will. Looking at the recent news involving road rage incidents and such has me wondering if we’ve hit that stage here now.
- On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, two drivers in Ionia, Michigan are involved in a road rage incident. Both men involved, Robert Taylor, 56, and James Pullum, 43, end up dead after pulling guns on each other and exchanging 8 or 9 shots based on reports.
- Over the weekend ending September 29, 2013, 51 year old Perrin Dobyns from Indiana was arrested for pointing a gun at a driver on I-75 in Kentucky.
- In New York, a 33 year old man was pulled from his vehicle and assaulted by a group of motorcycle riders after a confrontation and chase that left one cyclist paralyzed.
Maybe it’s just because of our 24-hour, instant feed, news cycle of today that makes things seem worse than they are. I often hear FBI statistics being quoted that says violence is trending down. If that’s the case, you’d never know that by watching or reading the news.
Some people can’t handle stress very well. Mix the slow recovery from the recession, the budget crap coming from DC, and the lack of gainful employment and we may indeed have the beginning of the recipe to see more Americans “Falling Down” on a daily basis. Maybe psychiatric help should have been part of the initial rollout of the PPACA. It seems like many of us could use a bit of leather couch time to sort to our problems. It’s cheaper in the long run to pay a doctor to lay on that couch instead of paying a lawyer to help you navigate the legal system.
- When Road Rage And Guns Mix (newday.blogs.cnn.com)
- Man Charged in Alleged Ky. Road Rage Case (abcnews.go.com)
- Relatives of James Pullum, one of two dead in road rage shootout, witnessed shootings (mlive.com)
- Details Emerge in Road Rage Shootout (drudge.com)
- Dramatic footage of NY road rage incident (timesofmalta.com)
- Film Focus: Falling Down (theleighreview.wordpress.com)