OK, look. I understand that people sometimes freak out in dangerous situations. I understand that having one gun, let alone three, stuck in your face can provoke paralyzing fear. But …. seriously?
This event involves a couple in Annapolis, Maryland who were leaving their residence on some very important business. The girl was in the final weeks of pregnancy and had gone into labor. Her “boyfriend” went out with her to head to the hospital. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.
The couple was confronted by three men with guns as they left an apartment on Copeland Street early Sunday. When the woman’s boyfriend fled, police spokeswoman Cpl. Amy Miguez says, the suspects tried to get the woman to let them into an apartment, but she didn’t have a key.
That’s when two of the men took off in the woman’s car, Miguez says.
You not only abandoned her in the face of imminent violence, but you took the keys, too? She couldn’t even get back into your home. And once the car was stolen, she was essentially left on the sidewalk, wracked with labor pains. How does one wake up in the morning after delivering such a performance in a crisis and even look in the mirror?
Look, we all entertain fantasies of what we would do in a crisis. Confronted with a real situation, most people tend to freeze up. I’m pretty sure if three guns were stuck in my face, I’d be handing over my wallet and asking them not to hurt me or my wife. But I think we can all agree that this is a step above and beyond crapping your pants or something.
I hate to read big world things into isolated incidents, but I do wonder if our society’s pathological emphasis on avoiding all risk, always deferring to authority and never standing up for yourself played a role here. Have we really gotten to the point where running away is more instinctive than protecting a woman and unborn child? I’m not saying he should have started kung-fu fighting and gotten shot. But at least not running away would be a start toward honor.