We have all heard it before from the establishment anti-gun crowd, “why do you need a gun?” Perhaps they should be directing this question to the victims of a growing trend among a teenage game known as “knockout.” Despite the mainstream media’s attempts to ignore this story, they can no longer remain silent. People young and old, male and female are being targeted for senseless assaults reportedly for the “fun of it.”

According to NYPD, there has been a reported two deaths this year as a result of this game, where unsuspecting pedestrians are selected at random and punched as hard as the attacker can muster in an attempt to “knock out” the victim with one blow. According to the Associated Press, attacks have ramped up recently and they are becoming fatal,

“In New York, a 78-year-old woman strolling in her neighborhood was punched in the head by a stranger and tumbled to the ground. In Washington, a 32-year-old woman was swarmed by teenagers on bikes, and one clocked her in the face. In Jersey City, a 46-year-old man died after someone sucker-punched him and he struck his head on an iron fence.”

At this point, it remains unclear if this phenomenon is racially motivated, gang related, or simply a game played by teenagers. So far, the reported attacks are primarily perpetrated by young black males.  The victims are white and in recent cases have included those of the Jewish faith. Another name for this game that is being used is “Polar Bear hunting” in reference to stocking white victims.

“The NYPD has put extra officers in a Brooklyn neighborhood where as many as eight people have been smacked or punched as part of a known trend that targets random victims, mostly white Jewish people, on the street. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Wednesday that some of the attacks were being investigated as hate crimes.  The suspects in the Brooklyn attacks have all been black teens, police said.

Some victims have been slapped, some have been knocked down. The assaults are not robberies. ‘A phrase that is used is ‘polarbearing,’ or ‘polar bear,'” Kelly said. “Knockout has also been used.’

What teens think may be a “harmless game” has come at a cost of hard reality. While it’s unclear why the media is just now reporting on this story, a game of “knock out” played on February 26th of 2013 quickly turned deadly. 17 year old Marvell Weaver picked his victim out, a man waiting for his 6 year old daughter to be dropped off from school. Unfortunately for Marvell, this man was a concealed carry holder and was armed with a .40 caliber handgun.

“The victim was attacked by 17-year-old Marvell Weaver. But Weaver did more than try to knock his victim out; he tried to do it with a taser. Luckily for the victim, the Taser didn’t work and he was able to protect himself with his concealed-carry .40 caliber pistol.

“He shoved something into my side. I wasn’t sure what it was. It had some force to it. I wasn’t sure if it was a knife or a gun,” said the victim.

Weaver was shot twice, in the leg and an inch away from his spine. He’s been sentenced to a year in jail for the attack, but he admits he’s getting off easy.

“It was just a lesson learned. I wish I hadn’t played the game at all,” said Weaver.”

Weaver certainly is lucky to have survived the outcome of his poor decision, however what this case demonstrates is the real value in every American’s right to practice the second amendment and carry concealed and defend one’s self. Anti-gun advocates have often asked me, “Why do you feel the need to own a gun? Chances are you will never need it, besides, you can call the police”…….I then simply ask “why do you keep a fire extinguisher in your home? Chances are you will never need it, besides, you can call the fire department.”

Nick is a former Arizona police officer and deputy.  He is a Kaplan University Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security major, recently graduating with highest honors.  Nick is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key International Honor Society, Alpha Betta Kappa Honor Society, and Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society. He has appeared as an expert commentator on Fox News Radio, and has been published in academic journals as well as Police One. Nick Can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @Dialn0911

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