The calm at the center of a pearl

July 16, 2007

Live and let live — or buy a shotgun and mace?

Filed under: Journaling — kyraninse @ 5:27 pm

I just got a nice little card in my mailbox today telling me that a sexual offender has moved into the neighborhood.

*takes a deep breath*

I don’t know what to make of it. I can’t decide if it’s a good thing that we’re getting these little cards that tell us the offender’s name, address, identifying characteristics, age…blah blah blah.

I imagine that the man is unlikely to be able to get laid anytime soon, if at all. I wonder if that might spark another offense? Also, I don’t know about how that affects his chances of making new friends and an un-connected man is a sad man is a potentially angry man is a dangerous man.

Besides, he’s black. Which means that he’s potentially been wronged because there’s evidence to support the theory that black men are more likely to be targeted as suspects in a crime and more likely to be convicted on charges that would not “stick” on a white man. Flip side is that if he’s black, then it’s also possible that he’s angry from discrimination and he did do something. *incoming headache*

On the other hand, being female, I think it’s a great idea. Nothing like being fore-warned.  He only lives a couple of blocks, if that, from my apartment, so I’m going to have to go see how far I am from him. I’m currently very happy that I don’t intend on keeping the apartment past when school starts. If there was ever any doubt — the thought has perished quite thoroughly.

So, bake up a pan of brownies and believe in the power of friendship and conscience — or should I seriously go out and buy some self-defense tools?

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