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Ten Shot While Kuwaiti Youngsters Are ‘Just Having Fun’

As AdventureMan and I read the Pensacola News Journal, we often wonder if we knew what we were getting into. Shootings in Pensacola are frequent. Killings, by gun, by beating, by knife – are equally frequent. Pensacola has one of the highest violent death rates per capita in the nation. Just this week a 72 year old man shot a preacher at his church because he thought the preacher was having an affair with his 69 year old wife. He then tried to enter the child care center where she was caring for small children, still with his loaded weapon. The paper quotes his wife as saying he has mental health issues.

What are people with mental health issues doing with loaded guns???

My Southern friends ask me if we more strictly regulate guns, how will they protect themselves, that the ‘bad guys’ will still have guns. Right now, they can protect themselves, they also have the right to shoot to defend their property? I can’t answer. All I know for sure is that the more people who carry guns, the more likely guns are to be used when the instinct strikes, whether it is a real threat or a perceived threat.

And then – there are these Kuwaiti teens, shooting passers-by, and when arrested, still carrying the shotgun used, say that they were ‘just having fun.’

KUWAIT: Jahra detectives, in cooperation with criminal investigation detectives, have arrested two Kuwaiti 17-year-old juveniles on charges of misuse of a hunting gun, which resulted in the shooting and wounding of 10 people in Jahra area. Police received several reports of pedestrians being wounded after they were shot by unknown assailants. Following an investigation, the juveniles were arrested with the gun still in their possession. They confessed to the shootings, claiming they were only having a good time. The teens were sent to concerned authorities. Later, Ministry of Interior officials called upon citizens and expatriates to watch their children and prevent them from behaving in ways that might cause harm to others, as the parents could be held liable for their children’s acts.

By Hanan Al-Saadoun, Staff Writer
Kuwait Times

The link refers to ‘hunting gun misuse.’ Because they are Kuwaiti, and because they are young, they are unlikely to have any severe punishment. They are likely to be released into the custody of their parents. Where were these parents when their children wounded ten innocent people? What lesson do these young men, 17 years old, learn if they can shoot ten people and be charged with ‘misuse’ of a weapon?

The only good thing I can think of in this case is that these youngsters had so little self-discipline that they never learned to shoot straight, thus no one was killed. They weren’t just lacking in any compassion for their fellow human beings, they were also bad shots. (I’m from a hunting culture. That’s an insult.)


September 8, 2012 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Character, Civility, Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, Cultural, ExPat Life, Interconnected, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Parenting, Pensacola, Pet Peeves, Rants, Safety, Social Issues, Values


  1. […] or may be some a-hole with a bb-gun (or a real one) will shoot them for fun just like the boys who shot 10 people in Jahra … for […]

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  2. We had the same conversation today; who knows how many wounded strays spend their last hours bleeding out and in great pain because these heartless young men with guns think it is a good time to shoot them, just for fun. Their prophet would be horrified.

    Comment by Intlxpatr | September 8, 2012 | Reply

  3. How awful! The consequences for crimes and breaking the law here are so inconsistent. I see kids who can’t be older than 14 years old driving around (recklessly) in big 4×4 – where are the parents? Why aren’t they being reprimanded? Unfortunately, I see the lack of consequences also having an impact on student attitudes and behaviors in the classroom (at a university level). Not all, of course, but enough to make you realize that something needs to change!

    Comment by plumpetals | September 9, 2012 | Reply

  4. You’ll notice I also included the fact that Pensacola also has its share of idiots, right, Plum Petals? It’s not unique to Kuwait. But when parents abdicate their responsibilities to teach their young to respect other people of all nationalities, sex, race, and creed, then we have these yahoos who shoot expats, women, cats, dogs and think they are having a ‘good time’. It’s failing to see others as having worth or value, or compassion on the pain of others. It makes me sick to my stomach. I publish these kinds of articles because I am so outraged that “Ich Kann Nicht Anders.”

    Comment by Intlxpatr | September 9, 2012 | Reply

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