Age And Victimhood

Older people are more vulnerable to strong-arm attacks and muggings. The feral stalkers prowling the urban jungle naturally prey on the weak and the unsuspecting, but the media have been critical of those who defend themselves against “unarmed” assailants. Meanwhile, FBI stats show annually about 600 people are killed by “unarmed” attackers. The subject peaked in the last several years with “the knockout game” wherein youthful predators compete in knocking out a victim with one blow.

The potential risk for mass killings certainly exists in senior care facilities. Large numbers of elderly, infirm or handicapped individuals are together without means of defending themselves. Chronologically it’s the opposite end of the school shooting scenario but the difference is many schools now have some sort of responder on-site or nearby. If any retirement or care facilities have more than a clipboard-armed attendant inside the front door, it’s not been revealed.

What should a senior do? The answer depends upon individual motivation, ranging from “Do what they want” to “Not now, not ever.” The problem with the former, of course, is what they may want is the victim unconscious on the pavement. However, seniors who employ lethal force to avert a potentially fatal or crippling blow probably have more leverage in court than younger defendants.