Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Happy Slapping

Clayton Cramer comments on a new UK problem: "happy slapping," whereby teenagers assault people for fun and capture the video on camera phones.

In this Guardian article, a victim explains the experience:

Earlier this month James Silver, 34, a freelance journalist, was attacked while jogging on the South Bank in London. While one youth blocked his path, another hit him with a rolled-up magazine.

When he spun around another teenager - who had been hiding behind nearby scaffolding - leapt out and hit him hard in the head. When he staggered to his feet he noticed the rest of the gang were jeering and pointing their mobile phones at him.

Silver admits that while the attack left his "ego smarting" he did not think it worth reporting. "At the end of the day I was unharmed but it was pretty shocking at the time," he said. "The worry is that while the bulk of the attacks are trivial, some of these youths could be carrying knives."

Cramer doesn't make the obvious connection to the 2nd Amendment issue, though. Imagine if Silver had been carrying. When the teenager punches him in the head, Silver pulls out a 9mm and shoots the kid in the face. His little friends all capture it on video. Now that would be hilarious.

Come to think of it, maybe concealed carry laws are why "happy slapping" hasn't caught on in the U.S.!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post. I search google for | "happy slapping" 2nd amendment | and you were the only page that showed up. Although I am not a huge fan of guns in general, there is no doubt that happy slapping has caught on in the US because of the threat there may be serious consequences for acting a fool. I can't beleive that the cable and network news haven't picked up on the realtion yet??

mister head's world 'o dread said...

thanks for commenting over at MrHeads, now who the hell are you? Other than a drug using gun lover?
God Bless God's America Under God.

Anonymous said...

Happy Slapping is one of those things you see and just wonder how someone can become such a victim. I know that if I were slapped in the face in a random public place by a snot nosed teenager - he would soon after be laying on the floor in front of me a bloody mess. That was a good point earlier made by anonymous who said it hasn't caught on in the states cause your liable to get shot after. I think Charlie Murphy from Dave Chapelle's Rick James superfreak episode said it best.."You dont slap a man.....even when slapping was fashionable...you know they did it in paris someone would come up and slap you then challenge you to a duel......THEY WOULD HAVE A GUNFIGHT AFTER......SOMEBODY HAD TO GO". Makes total sense somebody had to go, Cocaine's a hell of a drug ...lol.

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marsmonkey said...

someone happy slapped me yesterday, i turned round and punched him, he droped the phone and it fell do a drain!

Anonymous said...

I don't know why the guy didn't kick there asses and leave them there I personly would get pissed if some little shit went up to me and punched me anywhere I would flay him like a fucken fish and watch him squirm

orro said...

the solution is education!

slapstare team is a group of people devoted to bring
back slapstick(as in the original slapstick!) humor into the 21st century so we started a website
where we are posting videos of people faking silly slaps and other kinds of slapstick behavior .
We think it's important to educate the youngsters about this form of
humor which in away may reduce real appreciation toward real violence.
I would like to hear your opinion about it if you wouldn't mind
sparring some minutes to reply.
All the best
Hoping we can somehow collaborate


The slapstare team